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Female Attendant (Tomb Figurine)

A work made of gray earthenware with slip coating and polychrome pigments.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gray earthenware with slip coating and polychrome pigments.


Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9), c. 2nd century B.C.


China; probably Shaanxi province

About this artwork

This figure wears the narrow, calf-length robe distinctive of servants. Her facial features, characteristically masklike and serene, are framed by long hair, which is parted and tied in a bun at the nape of her neck. Her cupped hands may originally have held a staff.


On View, Gallery 133


Arts of Asia


Female Attendant (Tomb Figurine)


China (Artist's nationality)


200 BCE–101 BCE


Gray earthenware with slip coating and polychrome pigments


57.2 × 18 × 14.8 cm (22 1/2 × 7 1/16 × 5 13/16 in.)

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Potter Palmer Collection, gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer

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