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Superb Ancient Japanese Haniwa Head

AD 300-600

$47,000

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"As one gradually draws away from a Haniwa, the sculptured eyes become real eyes, now truly the 'windows of the soul'; the whole face lights up with life; and the entire Haniwa figure itself seems about to come alive." Tetsuro Watsuji (1889-1960) This exceptional example of Japanese Haniwa sculpture probably depicts a Shinto shamaness and displays unusual incisions, perhaps scarification. Haniwa figural sculpture was placed atop the burial mounds under which the Japanese élite were buried. These burial mounds, or kofun, gave its name to the period of history which saw the ascent of the Yamato clan, Japan's ruling dynasty to this day. Height: 13 1/4 inches (33.6 cm) or 17 1/2 inches (44.4 cm) as mounted Condition: Fragment, as shown, unrestored. Beautifully mounted on an ebonised wood base. Provenance: From the collection of Christine Oppenheim, New York. Acquired from her husband in 1970.

Details

  • Creation Year
    AD 300-600
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Diameter: 8.25 in. (20.96 cm)
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU135725931342

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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