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西漢 彩繪陶舞俑
Female Dancer

Period:
Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with slip and pigment
Dimensions:
H. 21 in. (53.3 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.165.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
This figure vividly captures the moment when, with one long sleeve thrown back and the other trailing down, a dancer gently stoops and flexes her knees as she lifts one heel to advance her step, performing a dance described in Han dynasty poetry:


“Their long sleeves, twirling and twisting,
fill the hall;
Gauze-stocking feet…taking mincing steps,
Move with slow and easy gait
They hover about long and continuous, as if
Stopped in mid-air;
Dazed, one thinks they are about to fall…”
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