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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    7th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with lead glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Mrs B. Z. Seligman Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 1, shelf 7

Physical description

Figure of a Central Asiatic, buff-white earthenware covered with an overall greenish straw-coloured glaze. The figure stands with the hands clasped in front and a hole suggests that he originally held a weapon or symbol of office. The costume is composed of a long robe and baggy trousers, and a seemingly thick winter coat, with a collar, which is slung over the shoulders, open at the neck and sleeves hanging loose at the sides. The figure wears a hood style head-dress with flaps extending over the ears and back of the neck.

Place of Origin

China (made)


7th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with lead glaze


Height: 19.4 cm

Object history note

cf. a similar figure in the Museum collections, C.452-1920

Descriptive line

Figure of a Central Asiatic, glazed earthenware, tomb figure, China, Tang dynasty, 7th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John Chinese and Korean pottery and porcelain London: Lund Humphries, 1964, Seligman collection of Oriental art series II, no. D40

Production Note

Label, 1994


Earthenware; Lead glaze



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Earthenware


East Asia Collection

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