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Head of a woman
Place of Origin: China, Sichuan province
Date: approx. 100-300
Historical Period: Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)
Object Name: Tomb object
Materials: Sandy gray low-fired ceramic with molding
Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 in x W. 6 in, H. 26 cm x W. 15.2 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Forester Memorial Fund, in memory of Charles F. Forester, M.D.
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: 1990.19
On Display: No

Description

Label: Human figures from the Han dynasty have been excavated throughout China. They were found either whole or composed of segments. The facial features of head models have been interpreted by potters from different regions in distinct ways. This female head, her hair covered with a turban tied into a roundel at the back, is notable for its softness of expression, typical of the work of Sichuan craftsmen. Situated in a rich and peaceful land in central southwestern China, Sichuan potters created large quantities of Han figures, paying particular attention to conveying a sense of humor in their works. Models of common people depict them going about their everyday activities, from cooking to entertaining.
Label: Human figures from the Han dynasty have been excavated throughout China. They were found either whole or composed of segments. The facial features of head models have been interpreted by potters from different regions in distinct ways. This female head, her hair covered with a turban tied into a roundel at the back, is notable for its softness of expression, typical of the work of Sichuan craftsmen. Situated in a rich and peaceful land in central southwestern China, Sichuan potters created large quantities of Han figures, paying particular attention to conveying a sense of humor in their works. Models of common people depict them going about their everyday activities, from cooking to entertaining.