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Ewer with Dancing Figure

Tang dynasty (618–907)
ca. 9th century
Stoneware with white slip, pigment, and applied decoration under straw glaze (Changsha ware)
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1986
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The curly hair of the dancer appliqued to the ewer suggests that this figure is not of Chinese ethnicity. He may represent a South or Southeast Asian individual, or even someone from Central Asia. Similar dancing figures, depicted on ceramics from north China, often represent Sogdians, a trading people based in present-day Uzbekistan, known for their whirling dances.
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