The tombs of the nobility in Han-dynasty China replicated the wealth and luxury of life in the imperial palace. Ceramic figures engaged in courtly entertainment were often created. These included equestrian activities such as polo playing, along with groups of musicians, dancers and acrobats. This large figure, wearing loose trousers knotted under his belt, is shown in a theatrical pose with comic facial features. He may represent a clown, performer or a storyteller in action.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label