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Curly-Haired Youth

A work made of earthenware with brown lead glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware with brown lead glaze.


Tang dynasty (A.D. 618–907), first half of 8th century



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Tang artisans delighted in observing and depicting the foreign traders and travelers who thronged China’s major cities. Clad in knee-length pantaloons, this dark-skinned, curly-haired youth evokes Tang descriptions of visitors from “Kunlun,” —a site unrelated to the Kunlun Mountains (south of Khotan), instead referring to an area of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, or the Malay Peninsula.


On View, Gallery 105


Arts of Asia


Curly-Haired Youth


China (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 618 CE–906 CE


Earthenware with brown lead glaze


30.2 × 10.5 × 8.1 cm (11 7/8 × 4 1/8 × 3 3/16 in.)

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Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

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