Mortuary Figurine


Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Mingqi
Object Number C410
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made Tang Dynasty
Section Asian
Materials Ceramic | Glaze
Technique Glazed | Fired
Iconography Camel

Mortuary pottery camel with sancai glaze. 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 than horses to handle the heat. Here, the camel is two humped, characteristic of Bactrian camels.

Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1924

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