Ewer with dancing figures


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.

Ewer with dancing figures, Stoneware with white slip, pigment, and applied decoration under straw glaze (Changsha ware), China

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