seated figure

Shiwan ware seated figure of Su Wu with ram. Su Wu, a Chinese diplomat and statesman of the Han Dynasty, is portrayed carrying an official staff hung with five tassels, a broken hat on his back and a ram sitting beside him. The clay body is grey stoneware, covered with copper red glaze on his robe and staff's tassels, blue glaze on his head scarf, white glaze on ram and his beard and eyebrow, cafe-au-lait glaze on his hat and staff. His face is painted with iron brown pigment. Su Wu was captured and spent many years surviving as a shepherd, hence the ram.

Su Wu (140 BC - 60 BC) was a diplomat and statesman during China's Han Dynasty, well-known in Chinese history for his faithfulness to his mission and his empire.

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