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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    7th century-8th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with lead glaze and traces of pigment

  • Credit Line:

    Mrs B. Z. Seligman Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case B, shelf 2

Physical description

Figure of a western Asiatic, pale buff earthenware covered with a degraded straw-coloured glaze and some remnants of black and red pigments. The figure stands stiffly on a small square base, with the right arm partially raised and holding the belt, the left arm is pendant at the side of the body. The figure wears a knee-length coat, belted at the waist, with wide open lapels. The baggy trousers are tucked into the high boots. On his head the figure wears a tall, peaked hat probably in imitation of a felt one. The face has a particularly large and prominent nose, high cheekbones and a smiling countenance.

Place of Origin

China (made)


7th century-8th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with lead glaze and traces of pigment


Height: 21.9 cm

Descriptive line

Figure of a western Asiatic, glazed earthenware with traces of pigment, China, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John Chinese and Korean pottery and porcelain London: Lund Humphries, 1964, Seligman collection of Oriental art series II, no. D38, plate XVII.
Mahler, Jane Gaston The Westerners among the figurines of the Tang dyansty Rome: Instituto italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1959, plate XXIIb.
Michael Sullivan. Chinese ceramics, bronzes and jades in the collection of Sir Alan and Lady Barlow London: Faber and Faber, 1963, no. S12, plate 13a
Tenri Museum Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. IX, fig. 120, p. 206 (another is illustrated in fige. 174, p. 236)

Production Note

Label, 1994


Earthenware; Lead glaze



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Earthenware


East Asia Collection

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