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    • Painted Grey Earthenware Guardians
    • Painted Grey Earthenware Guardians
    • Painted Grey Earthenware Guardians
    Painted Grey Earthenware Guardians

    Six Dynasties art from the Norman A. Kurland collection part two

    1 November - 24 November, 2018

    Click here to view Giuseppe Eskenazi discussing the collection

    From 1 to 24 November 2018, Eskenazi Limited will show the second part of the collection of Norman A. Kurland, a renowned American film and television agent who over a period of four decades has assembled the most important private collection of art and sculpture from the Six Dynasties period (220 to 581 AD). The exhibition follows the success of Part one which was held in November 2017 and which attracted great attention with works now residing in museum and private collections. Part two will feature thirty-eight works including two highly important early Buddhist sculptures alongside rare and exceptional examples of earthenware, metalwork and textiles.

    Painted Grey Earthenware Guardians

    Late Northern Wei - Northern Qi period, mid 6th century 

    Placed in complementary pairs near the entrance of a tomb, these large and imposing guardian figures were intended to provide protection from evil spirits and intruders. They wear impregnable suits of ‘cord-and-plaque’ armour, nape and shoulder guards, boots and helmets with prominent spikes. In each raised fist, there probably would once have been a wooden staff or weapon.

    Height: 78.5cm