Head and Torso of a Dancing Figure

A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.

Date:

5th–7th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

Haniwa (literally “clay rings”) were made as funerary sculptures for Japanese nobility. Unlike Chinese tomb figures, which were buried with the deceased in underground chambers, haniwa were placed on the surface of earthen grave mounds. Rows of haniwa, partially submerged in the soil for stability, outlined the sacred contours of a burial site or were set up at its front. This male figure appears to be dancing, perhaps a common event at funeral ceremonies.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 102

Title

Head and Torso of a Dancing Figure

Origin

Japan

Date

401 AD–700 AD

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

48.3 × 35 × 15.8 cm

Credit Line

Gift of the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1989.85

Extended information about this artwork

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