On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
This rare wooden figure is from the Chu culture in southern China, as is the fierce mythological guardian figure with antler horns, also in this gallery. The tomb figure was carved from a single piece of wood, with chisel marks clearly visible on the lower part of the figure. Arms carved from separate pieces of wood, now missing, were attached to the figure with wooden pins inserted through the drilled holes. There are remnants of silk fabric on the body, perhaps part of the original clothing worn by the figure at the time of burial. Fragments of fibers representing hair are found on the hairline and top of the head, and there are also traces of lacquer pigments.
Wood, traces of textile and polychrome decoration
3rd-2nd century B.C.E.
Warring States Period
22 3/4 × 3 5/8 × 3 5/8 in. (57.8 × 9.2 × 9.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Jacques Barrere
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Funerary Figure, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E. Wood, traces of textile and polychrome decoration, 22 3/4 × 3 5/8 × 3 5/8 in. (57.8 × 9.2 × 9.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jacques Barrere, 1997.22. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.22_front_PS9.jpg)
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