EF 26/27 Two miniature sancai glazed figures of foreigners


Tang Dynasty (618-907)

shown are one figure of a foreign musician and one of a groom.
The musician is seated on an oval pedestal, one leg tucked under the body, the other with raised knee supporting a diabolo-shaped deerskin drum. Characteristic is his big hooked nose. Round bulging eyes and bearded face revealing his Central Asian origin. The hair is covered by a cap and pulled up in two buns on top and tied with a ribbon.
He wears a tunic beneath a short-sleeved coat incised with a floral design. The whole is covered with splashes of green, yellow, cream and blue colour.
Height 8 cm

The young groom is standing bending forward with hands clasped together against his chest. He is clad in a long green and amber glazed coat with turned back lapels. His hair is braided and coiled at the temples. His young unglazed face has a friendly expression.
Height 7.8 cm (without stand)

During the Tang Dynasty, also called the Golden Age of China, foreigners from Central Asia were welcomed by the Chinese. They came along the Silk Road on horseback and camels who carried both travellers and goods. They brought new ideas, products, new fashions and religions to the country and there was a flourishing merchandise of imported and exported products. 
Chinese music was greatly influenced by musical instruments from Central Asia such as oboes, fluits and lacquer deerskin drums. 
Grooms were hired for the care and feeding of horses and camels which were imported in great amounts to China







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