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漢 彩繪陶樂舞俑(一組)
Dancer and Musicians

Period:
Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
Date:
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with pigment
Dimensions:
(a) dancer: H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) (c) musician: H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm); W. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); W. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.605.85a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
Pottery figures of entertainers often accompanied the deceased in the afterlife. Here, a female dancer performs the popular “seven dish dance,” tapping dishes with her feet as musicians play a zither and clap. One dish, the only surviving example of the original set of seven, rests under the dancer’s left foot.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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