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Figure of a male attendant

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Glossary (2)

earthenware, luted

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    A very similar figure was discovered in a storage pit at the mausoleum of Emperor Han Wendi (r.180-157 BC), which is associated with his wife, Empress Dou, who died in 135 BC. It is now preserved in the Shaanxi History Museum.

    The figure is solidly modelled and very heavy. It depicts a male attendant, standing very straight, his hands cupped as if grasping a staff or sword, placed one above the other. The face has even features, the hair is combed back and tied in a knot. He is wearing a coat with long, wide sleeves, crossed in front and reaching down over the knees, over an undergarment with padded collar and bulging trousers, the shoes being simply indicated. The sleeves are pushed back to reveal the hands, forming thick folds. The grey pottery body is covered with a white dressing, with few traces of a flesh-coloured pigment remaining on the face.

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