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Head of a Courtier
6th century

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Creator Nationality: Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Japan
Title: Head of a Courtier
View: front
Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 600
Creation Date: 6th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware
Dimensions: H.9-1/4 x W.6-1/4 in
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 81.117
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Walter Reider
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.cfm
Context: Clay figures known as haniwa, literally clay cylinders, were placed atop burial mounds during Japan's Kofun period (roughly 300 to 650). In spite of early artists' naïve approach, these ancient sculptures are often hauntingly expressive. Even in its present fragmentary state, the baleful eyes and small mouth of this head appear sadly pensive. Simply rendered details also offer a window onto Kofun culture; the "bowler" hat and round earrings (imitating excavated gold examples) indicate that the figure represents an aristocrat.
AMICA ID: MIA_.81.117
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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