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Tomb brick: C.589-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery






Tomb brick with warrior in high relief. Grey earthenware, modelled and incised with traces of cold paint. The warrior wears armour and an elaborate buckled belt with hands clasped across his stomach. He wears a hat with a `bobble' on top and ear flaps.


History note: Purchased Sotheby's, April 1923, Li Hung Chang's Collection, for £4.0s.0d; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Depth: 14.3 cm
Height: 33.6 cm
Width: 17 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Circa 1280 - 1368


Purchased as Tang, reattributed in 1992 by Derek Gilman of the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cold paint

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Modeling (forming) : Earthenware, modelled and incised, with traces of cold paint

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round label with serrated edge

  • Text: 344
  • Method of creation: Inscribed with pen
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.589-1991
Primary reference Number: 21034
Old object number: CHICER/299
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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