Monday, November 3, 2008
This earthenware female dancer from the 2nd century b.c. has traces of slip and oxides still visible, and is an example of early Chinese sculpture from the Western Han Dynasty. Simple forms, but amazingly expressive. One can really get a sense of the slow movements of the dance, and a feel for what the weight of that costume was like to move around in. The massive shapes of the long sleeves of the garment are pretty fascinating.