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Loan Object

Camel

early 8th century c.e.

Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze

31 1/2 × 23 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (80.01 × 59.69 × 29.21 cm)
Lent by H. Christopher Luce, B.A. 1972
ILE2011.4.2
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.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Tang dynasty (618–907 c.e.)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Acquired in China before 1937; Collection of Henry R. Luce (1898-1967); Estate of Henry Luce III (1925-2005); ex-collection H. Christopher Luce; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

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