Lateral stretcher from the base of a funerary couch with Sogdian musicians and a dancer
- Buddhist sculpture
- Historical period(s)
- Period of Division, Northern Qi dynasty, 550-577
- Grey marble with traces of pigment
- 19.7 x 95.3 x 16.5 cm
- China, Henan province, Probably Ce Xian
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- The Central Asian musicians and dancer, possibly of the Sogdian culture group, depicted on these panels attest to the international character of the Northern Qi dynasty, established in China in 550 following military conquest by people of Turkic origins. Musicians traveling the Silk Route introduced new instruments, such as harps and the bent-neck lute, which some scholars associate with the Persian barbat. The foreign lute influenced the development of the modern pipa, a lyrical Chinese lute now popular in chamber ensembles.
These stone carvings once belonged to a stone platform that was made to support the coffin of a Northern Qi dignitary. Inverted lotus petals are a motif frequently seen in images associated with Buddhism, the faith of the Northern Qi rulers-form the border.
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York, to 1915 
From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1915 
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 683, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Previous Owners
- Lai-Yuan and Company
- On View Location
- Freer, Gallery 16: Silk Road Luxuries from China
- Buddhism, China, funerary, Northern Qi dynasty (550 - 577), Period of Division (220 - 589), pipa
- Collection(s) Area
- Chinese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum