Male Palace Attendant, Earthenware with traces of pigment over white slip, China

Male Palace Attendant

Period:
Northern Wei dynasty (386–534)
Date:
early 6th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with traces of pigment over white slip
Dimensions:
H. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Elizabeth V. Cockcroft, by exchange, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.220
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.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery , Buffalo, NY (until sale, Sotheby’s New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Pt. I; March 19, 2007, lot 520, to MMA)