Approximate territories of the Northern Wei (blue) and Liu Song (maroon) states in 440 AD.

Approximate territories of the Northern Wei (blue) and Liu Song (maroon) states in 440 AD.

CHINESE SCULPTURE 6TH Horse with saddle and armour. Funerary statuette. Northern Wei 北魏 , 5th-6th CE The Chinese cavalry was created at about that time against the invasions of Mongol horsemen. MA 3917 Musee Guimet, Paris, France

CHINESE SCULPTURE 6TH Horse with saddle and armour. Funerary statuette. Northern Wei 北魏 , 5th-6th CE The Chinese cavalry was created at about that time against the invasions of Mongol horsemen. MA 3917 Musee Guimet, Paris, France

Painted stone standing Buddha with two bodhisattvas  H 138 cm, W at base 90 cm  Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 A.D.)  From the Qiji Monastery, Qingzhou, Shandong Province  Excavated in 1994  Qingzhou Municipal Museum, Qingzhou

Painted stone standing Buddha with two bodhisattvas H 138 cm, W at base 90 cm Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 A.D.) From the Qiji Monastery, Qingzhou, Shandong Province Excavated in 1994 Qingzhou Municipal Museum, Qingzhou

Chinese Wei Dynasty (386-535 AD) finely-detailed court attendant. She has a pleasant smile, her held head back, with hair up in two buns. Her right arm hangs at her side, left arm held up with robes draped over.

Chinese Wei Dynasty (386-535 AD) finely-detailed court attendant. She has a pleasant smile, her held head back, with hair up in two buns. Her right arm hangs at her side, left arm held up with robes draped over.

A BRONZE VOTIVE FIGURE OF BUDDHA<br>China, 22nd year of the Taihe reign (498), Northern Wei dynasty | Lot | Sotheby's

A BRONZE VOTIVE FIGURE OF BUDDHA<br>China, 22nd year of the Taihe reign (498), Northern Wei dynasty | Lot | Sotheby's

Northern Wei to Northern Qi dynasties, mid- to late 6th century  Earthenware with pigment  H. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)    This brilliantly modeled gray earthenware figure of a crouching guardian belongs to a class of objects called mingqi (spirit goods), made specifically for burial with the dead. In Chinese archaeological writings, this type of figure is called a zhenmushou and at times identified as a spirit that has the power to keep the spirit of the dead from roaming.

Northern Wei to Northern Qi dynasties, mid- to late 6th century Earthenware with pigment H. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm) This brilliantly modeled gray earthenware figure of a crouching guardian belongs to a class of objects called mingqi (spirit goods), made specifically for burial with the dead. In Chinese archaeological writings, this type of figure is called a zhenmushou and at times identified as a spirit that has the power to keep the spirit of the dead from roaming.

A Pair of Small Early Chinese Pottery Figures, Northern Dynasties 386 - 584. This `Cold-Painted` Grey Pottery Figure Shows a Women

A Pair of Small Early Chinese Pottery Figures, Northern Dynasties 386 - 584. This `Cold-Painted` Grey Pottery Figure Shows a Women

Male Palace Attendant Period: Northern Wei dynasty (386–534) Date: early 6th century Culture: China Medium: Earthenware with traces of pigment over white slip

Male Palace Attendant Period: Northern Wei dynasty (386–534) Date: early 6th century Culture: China Medium: Earthenware with traces of pigment over white slip

Maitreya Buddha, Wei Dynasty, 4th-6th Century,Chinese Gilt White Marble Stone

Maitreya Buddha, Wei Dynasty, 4th-6th Century,Chinese Gilt White Marble Stone

Northern Wei dynasty statue depicting Han Chinese clothing in Xianbei

Northern Wei dynasty statue depicting Han Chinese clothing in Xianbei

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