Seated Musician

Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)

Culture: China

Medium: White marble

Dimensions: H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.156


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.