Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Walking Camel

SKU DL.2072
Circa

618 AD to 907 AD

Dimensions

17.38″ (44.1cm) high x 13.38″ (34.0cm) wide

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

China

Gallery Location

UAE


 

Mingqi were works of art specifically created in an ancient Chinese custom for interment in the tombs of elite individuals in order to provide for their afterlife. Some of the most beautiful works of Chinese art were excavated from such tombs, and this sculpture of a camel is a perfect example of the refined artistry dedicated to such works despite the fact that they were never meant to be seen by the living. Traces of original polychromy survive on this friendly looking animal, fashioned with large eyes and a raised head. This sculpture reveals the Tang Dynasty’s respect and admiration for this beast of burden, so essential to the prosperity of ancient China.

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