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Camel and Rider

A work made of earthenware with three-color (sancai) lead glazes.
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  • A work made of earthenware with three-color (sancai) lead glazes.

Date:

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

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Sculptors of tomb figures keenly observed and then skillfully rendered in clay the caravans of Bactrian camels. These animals were led by grooms who hailed from the Taklamakan Desert located in China’s northwestern border regions. In Tang-dynasty China, camels were novelties, considered auspicious because their packs carried valuable goods from the West.

Status

On View, Gallery 130

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Camel and Rider

Place

China (Object made in)

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701 CE–750 CE

Medium

Earthenware with three-color (sancai) lead glazes

Dimensions

86.3 × 66 × 25.5 cm (34 × 26 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertha Palmer Thorne

Reference Number

1969.788a-b

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