A pair of unglazed terracotta grooms

赤陶馬夫俑一對

Tang dynasty, 8th century AD, China

唐 8世紀 中國

Height: 33 cm, 13 inches

高33釐米

Each groom stands on a square base wearing leather boots and a long coat tied at the waist and open at the chest. The arms are held up against the chest, the hands covered by the cuffs. The head of each figure is grotesque with large chin jutting out, open mouth, flattened nose and piercing beady eyes, the hair tied up into a double bun above the head. The terracotta is covered in a white pigment slip with traces of pigment.

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