Tomb Figure


Artist
Korean (Korean)
Date
Possibly 1st-2nd century
Medium
Stone
Dimensions
: 13 1/2 in. high (34.29 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.309

Label
This sculpture is said to have been found near a bomb crater during the Korean War in the early 1950s. The form of the sculpture is very similar to funerary figures found in Chinese tombs of the first and second centuries. Large parts of Korea were controlled by the Chinese Han Dynasty at that time, so this sculpture could conceivably reflect the introduction of Chinese burial practices into Korea. But most Chinese tomb sculptures are made of ceramic and stone examples are extremely rare. To determine the authenticity of this piece, it needs to be studied by scientists to see if the type of stone could have come from Korea and if its surface patina is consistent with its purported age.

Object Type
Sculpture
Academic Themes
Death and Dying