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Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) China
Male figure [Male figure] 25-220 Place made: Sichuan province, China
Materials & Technique: sculptures, earthenware, earthenware, pigments
Dimensions: 68.0 h x 19.0 w x 28.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of TT Tsui, Hong Kong., through the National Gallery of Australia Foundation 1995
Accession No: NGA 95.571

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