Eastern Wei Painted Pottery Warrior Carrying a Shield

SKU DL.2076
Circa

534 AD to 550 AD

Dimensions

30.31″ (77.0cm) high

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Hebei Province

Gallery Location

UAE


 

Considerable traces of the original red pigment survive. Decorated with a technique known as ‘cold painting’, the warrior would have been embellished with mineral pigments after firing. These were applied over a white ground which is now partly visible. In contrast to glazing, this technique produced a more delicate and naturalistic effect and the range of colours available was more varied. The head of the warrior was made separately and is removable. Although never intended to be viewed by the living, this piece is a supreme example of the potter’s skill during the Eastern Wei period.

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