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    • Gold kneeling figure
    • Gold kneeling figure
    • Gold kneeling figure
    Gold kneeling figure

    Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition

    4 November - 30 November, 2010

    Twelve Masterpieces of Chinese Art, of Porcelain, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Stone, from the 10th century BC to the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735).

    Gold kneeling figure

    Han period, 206 BC - 220 AD

    This figure represents a shaman (wu) or immortal (xian or yuren) with mask-like face and exaggerated features, wearing a cape and tunic composed of feathers.  The figure is made, exceptionally, of cast and beaten gold worked with extraordinary delicacy.  Other comparable examples are only found in bronze.  

    Height: 10.8cm