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Superb Ancient Japanese Kofun Haniwa Head - 300 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,497) 99.2%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291956345863 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge An exceptional example of Japanese Haniwa sculpture, dating to the Kofun (or Tumulus) Period, 4th - 6th century AD. The figure, probably depicting a shaman or shamaness, is shown with tall bifurcated headdress and large conical ears, the austere face with unusual incisions, perhaps representing scarifications. Two rough circular areas below the ears likely originally had applied earrings. The famous Japanese Historian, Dr. Tetsuro Watsuji expresses the appeal of the Haniwa in his own way: Look at them, if you will, from afar off; but the strange thing you will notice is that the farther you draw away from them, the more real they become... 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.For further reading on Haniwa sculpture please see: Miki, F. 1960. Haniwa: The Clay Sculpture of Proto-Historic Japan. Charles Tuttle: North Clardendon. L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark. 1990. Japanese Art: Masterpieces in the British Museum. British Museum Press: London Compare a fragmentary piece in the Metropolitan Museum with similar incised lines on the face. The largest, most striking Haniwa that we have seen on the market in recent years. A truly powerful piece of ancient sculpture. Height: 13 1/4 inches or 17 1/2 inches as mounted Width: 8 1/4 inches Condition: Fragment, as shown, unrestored. Beautifully mounted on an ebonised wood base. Please note: An Oxford Authentication Thermoluminescence test certificate accompanies this piece, which scientifically dates it to the Kofun period. Provenance: From the collection of Christine Oppenheim, New York. Acquired from her husband in 1970. Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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