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Large Terracotta Standing Camel, Tang Dynasty, China, 618-907 AD

US$8,125

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Terracotta standing camel with traces of stucco. The head slightly inclined to the left with the glance towards the horizon. A sculpture such as this would have been made for a wealthy merchant, the camel a symbol of his earthly status and wealth. This charming piece is accompanied by a European Passport, “Certificate of Authenticity”, European Cultural Goods Certificate, and Certificate of Expertise by Jean-Yves Nathan - Specialist in Asian Arts for the CEDEA (The European Confederation of Art Experts). Burial figurines of graceful dancers, mystical beasts, and everyday objects reveal both how people in early China approached death and how they lived. Since people viewed the afterlife as an extension of worldly life, these figurines, called mingqi, sometimes referred as “spirit utensils” or “vessels of ghosts” disclose details of routine existence and provide insights into belief systems over a thousand-year period. When China was unified again, first briefly under the Sui and then under the long and prosperous Tang, mingqi truly resurged as a part of elaborate tombs. Tang mingqi integrated the guardian figures and pack animals of the Northern and Southern Dynasties, but also incorporated the many international influences that were popular during this time of stability and expansion. Following Han dynasty traditions, Tang mingqi frequently take the form of musicians, dancers, and servants in clay, but are ornamented with sancai (three-color) glaze, an artistic influence that was transmitted from Central Asia along the Silk Road. Foreigners were also frequently depicted, reflecting a cosmopolitan society that embraced exchanges with other groups and cultures.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Width: 13.4 in. (34.04 cm)Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)
  • Style
    Tang (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    618-907 AD
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    San Pedro Garza Garcia, MX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CH-0171stDibs: LU3172310923773

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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