Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze and pigments
H. 27 1/4 in. (69.2 cm)
Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991
Not on view
Although the camel is not native to China, representations of the two-humped Central Asian camel are frequently found in Chinese ceramic tomb sculpture. This pack animal was an indispensable carrier of goods on the Silk Road that linked China with the regions to her west. In all likelihood, the demonic masks that dominate the load of the camel here were intended to ward off evil.
Stanley Herzman , New York (until 1991; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Selection of Chinese Ceramics from the Adele and Stanley Herzman Collection," June 1, 1990–August 26, 1990.