The Han Dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China (206 BC–220 AD), and its art is notable for aiming to give form to everyday people and objects. It was a period of significant economic growth, and this facilitated discovery and innovation: technical possibilities in the arts increased as a result, enabling artists to push boundaries. The art of the Han dynasty is largely decorative – a shift away from the functional, ritualistic art of the previous Qin dynasty.
Han Dynasty Attendant
A hollow-cast figurine of a standing male in loose riding coat and pill-box hat, holding a bag in his left hand.
Period: Han Dynasty
Provenance: UK art market, acquired prior to 1980.
Condition: Very good condition.