Mingqi (5) - Terracotta - A Magnificent Set of Four Painted Pottery Figures of Musicians and a Dancer. TL test - China - Tang Dynasty (618-907)

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Mingqi (5) - Terracotta - A Magnificent Set of Four Painted Pottery Figures of Musicians and a Dancer. TL test - China - Tang Dynasty (618-907)
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Fired in antiquity!!! Antique and Genuine item!!!
China, Perfect condition

Our Guarantee: The above item is guarantee to be of the time period and condition as described, has been imported/exported legally and is legal to buy and sell under all international lows to cultural patrimony.

Grey earthenware coated with white slip and remains of white, light and dark blue, pink, yellow, ,red, black, green and brick-red pigment.

Height ca. 14 cm., each (musicians), dancer height 25 cm.
Tang dynasty (618-907)
Provenance: Old private collection, Germany, acquired back in the 1980’s.

Scientific Report for the set of the four musicians and the dancer:
A thermoluminescence analysis report issued by Laboratory R. Kotalla on June 11th, 2020, based on sample number 03B170820, sets the firing date of all five (5) samples taken at 900 – 1500 years ago. A copy of the report, issued by Lab. Kotalla, is accompanying this lot. TL test.

Consisting of four male musicians and a female dancer, this group of performers represents a favorite type of orchestral entertainment of the Tang dynasty. Nearly identical in pose, costume, hairstyle, and facial features, each man is seated on the floor mat. The sleeve dancer has exceptionally long, tight sleeves extending beyond the hands, augmented with deep, wide cuffs.

From left to right, the first musician holds a drum, the next figure holds a vertical flute (xiao), the next plays Chinese harp (konghou), while the final figure plays cymbals.

Kucha (or Kuche) was an ancient Buddhist kingdom located on the branch of the Silk Road that ran along the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin and south of the Muzat River.
Literature comparison: These five figures are similar to a group of ten seated female court musicians in the Shoso-in, Japan, illustrated by Ryoichi Hayashi in The Silk Road and the Shoso-in, New York/Tokyo, 1975, p. 96, fig. 103. Three similar painted pottery figures of seated female court musicians illustrated by J. Baker in Appeasing the Spirits: Sui and Tang Dynasty Tomb Sculpture from the Schloss Collection, Hofstra Museum, Hofstra University, 1993, p. 18, no. 9, are described as wearing Kuchean fashions, and representing the Kuchean modes of music and entertainment that were popular during the Sui and early Tang periods. The same costume and Kuchean hair style can also be seen on a group of standing figures illustrated p. 17, nos. 6 and 7. In discussing a group of nine similarly attired and coiffed standing figures of female musicians illustrated in China: A History in Art, New York, 1979, p. 132 (top), the authors, B. Smith and Wango Weng, note that female musicians from Chinese Turkestan played for the court, and that “musicians from Kucha in Central Asia probably exerted the most influence” at court.

Auction result comparison: Compare with a closely related set of two musicians at Christies New York in Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art part I, 17 - 18 March 2016, lot 1479, sold for USD $27,500.

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Catawiki disclaimer: This piece has been dated based on a TL test. No further tests, such as, an analysis of pigments or radiography scans have been conducted to check the integrity of the piece.

Kavelgegevens
Totaal aantal items
5
Object
Mingqi
Techniek
Handbeschilderd
Materiaal
Terracotta
Periode
Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Regio / land van herkomst
China
Toeschrijving
Origineel
Titel kunstwerk
A Magnificent Set of Four Painted Pottery Figures of Musicians and a Dancer. TL test
Staat
Zeer goede staat, zie beschrijving
Afmetingen
25×0×0 cm
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