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Fragment Terracotta Attendant / Servant Head.  Han Dynasty. Henan Province.  Central China.

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    This piece was unearthed in Henan, a province in central China’s Yellow River Valley, almost a century ago.  Often recognized as the place where Chinese civilization originated, this piece is from the Han Dynasty (circa 200 B.C.).  This period was the golden age of Chinese culture,… Continue reading

Rare Clay Tomb Figure.  Clay.  Tang Dynasty.  Luoyang China

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    Uncovered over a century ago by an anthropologist who – in turn – passed it on to his family . . .  ending up in a collector’s hands in Connecticut USA.   Tang Dynasty, circa 900 C.E.(A.D.).  From a site in Luoyang (Henan province).   Such… Continue reading

Rare Song Dynasty Tomb Panel Tile .  Flying Horse.  Terracotta / Clay.  Houma City.  Shan Xi Province.  China.

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  Tomb panel were common in many dynasties.  In the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD) these panels could be of two types:  a wood panel craved in the tomb itself OR a stone panel that lined the walls or panels within the tomb.   This one is… Continue reading

Authentic Tang Dynasty Detailed Figure.  Tomb Art. Figurine.  Statue. Terracotta. Xi’an.  Shan Xi Province.  China.

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    Unearthed in Xi’an  – capital of Shaanxi Province, central China – marking the eastern end of the Silk Road and home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses.   A detailed and rare fine for the Serious Collector of relics from the Tang Dynasty.

Dignitary Fragment.  Sarbi / Xianbei People.  Clay Figure.  Northern Qi Dynasty.  Shan Dong / Shan Tung Province.  NE China

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    The Sarbi (Xianbei) were an ancient nomadic people who once resided in – what is known today as – inner Mongolia.  In 550 – 577, this area was part of the Northern Qi Dynasty . .  within the Shan Dong province.  The dynasty was founded… Continue reading

Funerary Pottery Head.  Akan.  Ghana

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    Such terracotta and clay sculptures were made to serve a strictly funerary purpose, honoring – as well as commemorating –  the dead. This head may represent a deceased man. It may have stood alone or have been part of a group of figures in or around the… Continue reading

Ashanti Funerary Head. Sculpture. Ancestral. Akan.  Central Rain Forests. Ghana. Africa

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    Ashanti peoples – a major ethnic group of the Akans – transformed physicality to their beliefs about death and the afterlife through the medium of clay. From the second half of the sixteenth century, terracotta sculpture produced primarily by Ashanti women played a role in funerary rites .… Continue reading

Terracotta Soldier Warrior Head. Officer.  Replica.  Qin Shi Huang.  Xi’an City.  China

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    In the early spring of 1974, workers sinking a well in Xiyang Village suddenly discovered an ancient bronze weapon and pieces of broken terracotta armored warriors.  That was the start.  Within two years, three pits were found and within 8,000 terracotta warriors, horses and more than… Continue reading

Pharaonic Painting on Clay Fragment.  Aswan. Egypt.

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    Original and authentic pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   This painting depicts an… Continue reading

Tanagra Terracotta Woman Figurine.  Himation Robe. Vase.  Hellenistic Greek Period.  Boeotia Greece

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    In the 1860s, Greek field peasants unearthed hundreds of clay figurines in ancient graves near the town of Bratsi, in the region of Boeotia, 40+ miles north of Athens.  The more they dug, the more they unearthed beautifully made small terracotta statues.  They seemed to be… Continue reading
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