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Title

Figure of an entertainer

7th century-8th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Figure of a youthful dancer


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9.2004



Place

Where the work was made
China