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Figure of a Dignitary

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
ca. late 7th–first half of 8th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze and pigments
Dimensions:
H. 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Classification:
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.83.3
Not on view
Despite the fact that they undoubtedly depict foreigners of Western origin, these officials are dressed in the typical Tang-dynasty Chinese court dress of a long, wide-sleeved tunic over a long gown. Their hats illustrate two varieties of the standard headgear of Tang-dynasty Chinese court officials.
[ Ernest A. Bischoff , New York, until 1911; sold to MMA]
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