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Figure

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    early 8th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with traces of pigment over a white slip

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr H. K. Burnet through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    C.103E-1929

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 1, shelf 7

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Physical description

Figure with the head of a snake, one of a set of twelve representing the signs of the zodiac. Earthenware with traces of pigment over a white slip. It is represented as a human figure with the head of a snake, hands folded across the chest, draped in a long cloak.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

early 8th century (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with traces of pigment over a white slip

Dimensions

Height: 20.8 cm

Object history note

Using animals as signs in the calendar system first appeared in the Warring States period (475-221 BC) and during the Sui and Tang dynasties the animals appeared in many forms in tombs. Each animal is believed to exercise an influence according to its own attributes over the hour, day or year appropriate to it.

Descriptive line

Figure with the head of a snake, one of a set of twelve representing the signs of the zodiac, earthenware with traces of pigment over a white slip, China, Tang dynasty, early 8th century

Production Note

Label, 1994

Materials

Earthenware; Slip

Subjects depicted

Snake

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection code

EAS

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