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Male Palace Attendant

Northern Wei dynasty (386–534)
early 6th century
Earthenware with traces of pigment over white slip
H. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Elizabeth V. Cockcroft, by exchange, 2007
Accession Number:
Not on view
The elongation of the body and somewhat childish features exhibited here typify works produced in the capital at Luoyang in the first three decades of the sixth century. This distinctive style is understood to reflect an awareness of and appreciation for Chinese aesthetics on the part of the foreign rulers of the Northern Wei dynasty.
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