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Object Number:C465
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: Tang Dynasty
Early Date: 618
Late Date: Tang Dynasty
Technique:Three Color Glaze
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1925


Glazed pottery figure of a camel without a pack. This figurine would have been placed in a tomb with other ceremonial and everyday objects, such as horses and mounted musicians. Animal subjects were believed to help the soul communicate with spirits and make travel in the afterlife more comfortable. Camels, associated with trade and travel, were the main means of transport along the Silk Road. Passing through the Gobi Desert, camels were better suited to handle the heat than a horse. This camels has two humps and can be identified as a Bactrian camel. The figure has a sancai glaze with cream predominating. C461 through C468 is a set.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] 1983. Compton's Encyclopedia.. Chicago. F.E. Compton Co.. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 297aView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, H. E.. 1925. "Mortuary Figures of the T'ang Dynasty". The Museum Journal.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum. Vol. XVI. no. No. 3. pg. 153-181 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 173View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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