Civil Court Official (Translation)
三彩文官立像 唐 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

8th century
Chinese
Earthenware with polychrome glaze
China
Overall: 29 1/4 × 6 3/4 × 5 1/4 in. (74.3 × 17.15 × 13.34 cm)
83.106.1
Pair with "Civil Court Official" (83.106.2)
Standing on rocky bases, these two figures wear the standard costume of Tang-dynasty court officials: a long, wide-sleeved tunic over a long gown and elaborate headgear. Both figures are decorated with splashed multicolor glaze (sancai), resulting primarily in brown, green, and blue hues with various gradations. Archaeological finds from tombs suggest that sancai-glazed figurines were most likely made for funeral purposes.
Tang dynasty (618-907)
Gift of Mr. John D. Archbold
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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