Dating from the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618 - 906 A.D.), this beautifully worked terracotta plaque displays a high kneeling male with ribbed sash to his left shoulder.
Ancient China is synonymous with the production of beautiful ceramics and porcelain ware. First appearing in the Palaeolithic era twenty thousand years ago, Chinese ceramics have ranged from hand-built pottery vessels fired in bonfires, to intricately decorated bricks and tiles, to world-renowned fine Chinese porcelain made for the Imperial palaces and courts.
This particular example of ancient Chinese art is over 21cm tall, and is mounted on a plinth of aged oak and textured steel standing over 30cm in height.
CHINESE 'KNEELING MAN' PLAQUE
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2020. Formerly part of a private Hong Kong collection formed 1980s-1990s.