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Pair of Chinese Unglazed Pottery Warriors

Northern Wei dynasty, ca: 5th/ 6th century


Finely modeled and posed standing at attention. Though of almost identical form, their faces display remarkable individual personalities: one with a friendly, smiling expression; the other with an expression suggesting boredom, with his cheeks puffed out and neutral gaze.
Height: 14 ¼ inches (36 cm.)
TL tested.
Similar and related figures: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Schloss Collection, and the Anthony Solomon Collection.

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