Dancer Artist: Unknown

7th century CE

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

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.


Earthenware, white slip with traces of pigment


11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)

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University Purchase

Accession Number



Tang dynasty (618–907 C.E.)


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Yamanka & Co., New York; purchased by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1939
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 288, ill
  • 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
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