Eastern Han Dynasty Dancing Entertainer from the Sichuan Province of China, circa 25 AD - 190 AD
This is a rare and wonderfully sculpted figure, a classical Sichuan study, full of life, humour and movement. The face, with its typical, almost haunting, mysterious smile, is characteristic of the sculpting from the Sichuan Province. But equally characteristic is their liking for lively individuality. This comes through in the dancer’s robust movements, as she leans to the right, raises her hands in a dance movement while her knees bulge through the skirt. The foot is only hinted at, but one knows it is there as it peeps out of the hem. The dancer is wearing a cross over robe with full, embroidered sleeves (which show in the detail illustration as slightly wavy sleeves). The upraised arm shows long sleeves with the hand holding a scarf as the dancing takes place. The headdress is covered in flowers, surprisingly still intact, considering this figure is over 2000 years old.
43½ cm H x 23cm L (from the base to the outstretched hand) x 13 cm D
Comes with acrylic stand 18 cm x 18 cm x 1½ cm H