This highly stylistic tomb figurine of the Northern Wei dynasty (B.C. 386–535) was molded in a flat, two-dimensional form with incised details. This figure can be identified as a military official by its distinctive costume, which consists of a small cap worn at the front of the head, a short leather breastplate fastened with two straps buckled at the shoulders over a long-sleeved robe undergarment, and trousers tied just below the knee and draped to the floor, revealing the tips of the shoes.
Gray pottery with white slip and traces of red pigment
early 6th century
Northern Wei Dynasty
North Wei Dynasty
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Boris Kroll
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Military Official, early 6th century. Gray pottery with white slip and traces of red pigment, 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Boris Kroll, 81.290.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 81.290.5_bw.jpg)
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