Asian Art

Dancer

7th century CE

Earthenware, white slip with traces of pigment

11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)
University Purchase
1939.475
This young dancer was most likely part of a larger group of tomb figures that included other performers and musicians. Her dress, consisting of a long skirt in alternating colors and a long-sleeved blouse under a jacket, was very fashionable in China in the seventh century C.E.—as well as in Korea and Japan.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view*
Provenance: 

Prov: Yamanka & Co., N.Y.

Bibliography: 

Zauho Kankokai, Sekai toji zenshu, 16 vols. (Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 1955–58), vol. 9, pp. 214 and 238, no. 8, figs. 134 and 180.

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 12, 52–53, no. 18, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 288, ill.

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