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Pilgrim’s Flask with Central Asian Dancers

Northern Qi dynasty (550–577)
6th century
Earthenware with molded decoration under olive-green glaze
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. William P. Frankenhoff and Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gifts, 2001
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
Both the shape and decoration show foreign influence: the shape is based on a West Asian pilgrim’s flask, while the whirling dancer is performing a dance derived from the culture of Sogdia. Centered in present-day Uzbekistan, merchants from this polity, some of whom lived in China, dominated the Silk Road trade from the fourth to the seventh century.
New York. China Institute in America. "Early Chinese Miniatures," March 16, 1977–May 29, 1977.

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