A rare pair of hand built figures from the period of time , prior to the Tang Dynasty when many of the figures were mold maid.
The two bearded tomb guardian figures representing Uighurs living in the Taklamakan dessert region. Uighurs were considered outsiders by the Chinese however the military was made up with many cultures and the dress code depicts an early version of the shoulder padding and chest armor that became more ornamental and pronounced in the Tang period.
They are un glazed , and show strong unique distinct character in their facial features , being hand built of the typical dark mud colored ceramic. The Six Dynasties period takes its name from the six ruling dynasties of the era: the Eastern Wu (222–280), Jin (265–420), Liu Song (420–479), Southern Qi (479–502), Liang (502–557), and Chen (557–589) This short period of time is why it makes these figures are generally much rarer than Tang figures.
Purchased by myself in Hong Kong Bill of Sale with export and TL testing available.
Condition , complete . Surface consistent with archeological patination.
Measurement : Figure with splayed arms -
Figure with straight arms.