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Seated Musician

Tang dynasty (618–907)
White marble
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2006
Accession Number:
Not on view
This amiable flute (chi) player is poised in anticipation of bringing the instrument to his lips. The chi was the predecessor of the two types of flute used in Chinese music today—the end-blown, vertically held xiao and the transverse flute depicted here, which is now known as the dizi.
Private collection , Europe (until sale, Christie’s New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, March 29, 2004, lot 343, to MMA)
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