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Head of Warrior


Western Han dynasty (206 BCE–9 CE)

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This detailed visage of a young warrior is among the most striking to be recovered from the tomb of Emperor Jing (r. 157–141 B.C.). His well-modeled physical features perpetuate the “realism” of Qin sculpture—represented most notably by the terracotta warriors of the First Emperor of Qin. Although this tendency toward naturalism survived into the early phases of Han figural art, it was only a brief episode, soon to be replaced by a highly stylized portrayal of the human form.

#205. Head of warrior

Head of Warrior, Earthenware with pigment, China

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