Camel Maker: Unknown

early 8th century c.e.

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Although not native to China, camels played a significant role in the extensive overland trade that linked China to the eastern Mediterranean, and they were a common sight in major urban centers. In Tang-dynasty tombs, clay camels were paired with sculptures of West Asian grooms, a reference to both this important trade route and the status of the deceased, who could afford foreign servants and animals.


Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze


31 1/2 × 23 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (80.01 × 59.69 × 29.21 cm)

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Lent by H. Christopher Luce, B.A. 1972

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Tang dynasty (618–907 C.E.)


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Acquired in China by Henry R. Luce (1898–1967) before 1937; by inheritance to his son Henry Luce III (1925–2005), New York, 1967; by inheritance to his son H. Christopher Luce, New York, 2005 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, New Haven, Conn., since 2011)
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