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Camel and Rider

A work made of earthenware with three-color (sancai) lead glazes.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


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



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.


On View, Gallery 130


Arts of Asia


Camel and Rider


China (Object made in)

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701 CE–750 CE


Earthenware with three-color (sancai) lead glazes


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

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Gift of Bertha Palmer Thorne

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