Tang Dynasty Terracotta Camel

£195.00

A choice from two scarce Tang Dynasty two-humped Bactrian camels. Each is a hollow-moulded figure made from a pale orange terracotta with light brown slip. Standing on an openwork base, the camels are depicted on all four legs, with necks arched in a typical stance.

Date: Circa 7th-8th century AD
Period: Tang Dynasty
Condition: Very fine condition generally; a few patches of slip now eroded, exposing the lighter clay below and other minor imperfections; with light earthy deposits.
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Product Code: AS-3785
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Items such as these would have been placed within the tomb of the deceased. They may have been intended to perform a practical function (continuing to bear loads for their owner in the afterlife), or to serve as an acknowledgement of the deceased’s status as a trader. Perhaps he had made his wealth on the Silk Road, where camels were commonly used to carry goods through the high mountains, cold steppes, and inhospitable deserts.

Item A- height 14.7 cms.
Item B- height 13 cms.

N.B. Price is for each figure (you are welcome to make a selection in the ordering process).

Weight 315 g
Dimensions H 14.7 cm
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