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Tomb figure of a female dancer

Tomb figure: dancer
Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, first half of 8th century
Earthenware with sancai (three-color) lead-silicate glaze
H x W: 28.2 x 10.3 cm (11 1/8 x 4 1/16 in)
China, probably Henan province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Two painted figures of dancers similar in style to this were excavated from a tomb in Luoyang constructed in 701. Part of a group of forty-two ceramic figures in that tomb, the two dancers were placed alongside the coffin platform in the central burial chamber.
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture
China, dance, earthenware, funerary, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), woman, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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