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An image of Figure of an entertainer by

China

Title
Figure of an entertainer
Other titles:
Figure of a youthful dancer
Place of origin
China
Period
Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
Year
7th century-8th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
earthenware with green glaze
Dimensions

26.5 x 13.0 cm

Credit
Purchased in memory of Fred Storch with the assistance of the Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund; Mrs Rosemary Foot AO; and the Fred Storch Memorial Fund 2004
Accession number
9.2004
Location
Not on display
Further information

One of the most distinctive figure types in the repertoire of Tang dynasty pottery models is that of the foreigner - grooms, slaves, entertainers, courtesans, serving at the Imperial court in Changan (Xi'an). This model of a curly-headed, youthful dancer/entertainer, obviously of non-Chinese origin, is a wonderful example of these figures that capture the spirit and atmosphere of the cosmopolitan capital of the Chinese empire in the Tang dynasty. These colourful and provocative images, of exotic dancers, semitic merchants, bearded grooms from such places as Sodgia and Central Asia, are an important and illustrative aspect of the Tang pottery tomb tradition.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2004.