Chinese green glazed pottery model of a kneeling Middle Eastern figure with left knee raised, wearing a belted robe and holding a child, both wearing peaked hats, a large cylindrical oil lamp over the shoulder, the monochrome green glaze now iridescent due to oxidisation, the underside revealing the terracotta brick-red body.

12 inches, 30.5 cm high.

Eastern Han Dynasty, 1st – 2nd century.


One rim chip, one chip to bottom back edge, two glaze flakes to the back.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by T. Edo Inouye & Son, Tokyo.
  • Formerly sold by Mr. K. Fujishiro, Asahi Art Co. Ltd., Tokyo.
  • Formerly sold by Mr. M. Shimojo, Tokyo.
  • A similar oil lamp was included by Aileen Lau and Dr. Kenson Kwok in the exhibition, Spirit of Han, National Museum of Singapore, 1991, no. 177, p. 159; the typical model has the oil lamp attached to the head of the kneeling figure, three others were also included in the above exhibition, nos. 174, 175 & 176, pp. 158/9; another, in the British Museum, is included by Lawrence Smith and Jessica Rawson in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, Vol. 5, colour plate 63; another, from a private collection in Kyoto, is included by Masahiko Sato in Chinese Pottery Figures, no. 71, p. 93.