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Mortuary figure of a female dancer
first half of 8th century

Tang dynasty

Earthenware with sancai (three-color) lead-silicate glaze
H: 28.2 W: 10.3 cm

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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.