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An image of Dancing demon by
Alternate image of Dancing demon by

China

Title
Dancing demon
Other titles:
Two exorcists
Place of origin
China
Period
Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
Year
206 BCE-220 CE
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
earthenware
Dimensions

10.2 cm

Credit
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Accession number
EC12.1962
Location
Not on display
Further information

This dancer (pair with EC11.1962), legs and arms raised as if in time to music, vividly captures the liveliness that must have pervaded Han cities. The figure is small, hand-modelled and unpainted, but immediate in its naturalism and apparent spontaneity.

Jackie Menzies, 'Early Chinese Art', AGNSW, 1983. cat.no. I.

Bibliography (3)

Edmund Capon, The Australian Antique Collector, 'Chinese tomb figures in the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 96-101, Chippendale, Jan 1981-Jun 1981, 97 (illus.). fig.no. 3

Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 18. cat.no. 8

Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, not paginated. cat.no. XI See 'Further Information' for text.

Exhibition history (2)

An Englishman's Home, David Jones Ltd, Sydney, 1941 -

Early Chinese art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Feb 1983–08 May 1983