Dancer and Musicians, Earthenware with pigment, China

漢 彩繪陶樂舞俑(一組)
Dancer and Musicians

Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Earthenware with pigment
(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)
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1994
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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.
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber , New York (until 1994; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.