A GILT-BRONZE MODEL OF A SOGDIAN FIGURE
17TH CENTURY
The standing figure is cast with one arm raised holding a branch. He is dressed in typical Sogdian dress with long flowing sleeves and wears a pointed hat. His face is depicted with a prominent nose, bushy eyebrows and curly beard.

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-gilt-bronze-model-of-a-sogdian-figure-5728879-details.aspx

The Christie’s auction where this figure was sold in claims that this is from the 17th century (and even uses the Ming Dynasty as a keyword, also squarely putting its production in the 17th century), but the Sogdians were long gone by then. Are they incorrect, or did the Chinese continue to make sculptures of long-gone subjects? Maybe they had reached mythological proportions? I’m just musing, here.

Nevertheless, it’s a nice piece. He’s hella Sogdian. I’m a really big fan of his flowy skirt.

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