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Tomb pottery figure
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Masterpiece

The pottery figures were put into the tombs. The tradition of putting the figures into tombs dates back to the most ancient times. The figures made of clay, wood, and other materials depicting human figures, realistic and fantastic animals, buildings or various objects are nowadays the exquisite source of knowledge about the way of life in ancient China. The figure testifies the Chinese contacts with Central Asia when the so-called Silk Road was used as an important economical and cultural link between China, Persia, India and Europe. It shows the Chinese interest in foreign cultures during the Tang dynasty. Ludvík Kuba was an important representative of the aesthetic approach toward China among Czech-speaking intelligentsia and art circles during the first half of the 20th century. He never visited China, however, he gathered information from reading books. His vision of China was highly idealized, he saw China as a county of wisdom, beauty and morality.

History of the Object
Tomb pottery figure with remains of red colour. The dancer wears trousers, shirt and a hat. The face shows Indo-European traits with big eyes, strong eyebrow and a beard.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Clay with colour remains 
Measurements
Height 15,5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang dynasty (618-907 BC) 
Function
One of pottery figures that were put into the tombs. 
Acquisition
Collection of Ludvík Kuba (1863-1956). Kuba was a Czech painter, ethnologist and musicologist who was deeply interested in Chinese culture. He amassed a large collection of items, mainly Tang dynasty tomb figures and Ming dynasty paintings (1368-1644). 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic 

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