Tomb figure of a female dancer

Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, first half of 8th century
Earthenware with sancai (three-color) lead-silicate glaze
H x W: 28.2 x 10.3 cm (11 1/8 x 4 1/16 in)
China, probably Henan province, or maybe Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture

Tomb figure: dancer

China, dance, earthenware, funerary, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), woman
Provenance research underway.

Two painted figures of dancers similar in style to this were excavated from a tomb in Luoyang constructed in 701. Part of a group of forty-two ceramic figures in that tomb, the two dancers were placed alongside the coffin platform in the central burial chamber.

Published References
  • William Watson. Tang and Liao Ceramics. New York, 1984. fig. 247.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 12.
  • Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 3: p. 64.
  • Chang Wanli. Tang san cai you tao [Three-Colour Glaze Pottery of the T'ang Dynasty]. 3 vols., Hong Kong. vol. 1: pl. 7.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 121, vol. 1: p. 178.
  • Charles Patrick Fitzgerald. The Horizon History of China. New York. p. 102.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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