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Funerary Figure

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Wood, traces of textile and polychrome decoration
  • Place Made: Hubei province, China
  • DATES 3rd-2nd century B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Han dynasty
    PERIOD Warring States Period
    DIMENSIONS 22 3/4 × 3 5/8 × 3 5/8 in. (57.8 × 9.2 × 9.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1997.22
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Jacques Barrere
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE front, 1997.22_front_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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     <em>Funerary Figure</em>, 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)