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Music Listener
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This female pottery figure kneels with the upper part of her body straight. She is wholly absorbed in the music so that she could not help putting her hand behind her ear. The soundless music inspired by the pottery figure seems to be lingering around us. The molded Sichuan pottery figure is sandy. After long-time burial underground, her smiling facial features are vague. This figure displays the typical characteristics of Sichuan pottery and is from the area of Pengshan.

History of the Object
In the mid and late Eastern Han Dynasty, the pottery centre transferred from Xi'an and Luoyang to Sichuan, where society was stable, economy was prosperous and the people attached importance to enjoyments both in this and the other worlds. Some funerary objects, such as the female pottery music listener, were modeled on recreations and articles in real life.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Pottery 
Measurements
Height: 53 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 3rd century 
Creation date
1st Century - 3rd Century; Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) 
Function
Funerary object 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Palace Museum, Beijing 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
Palace Museum, Beijing 
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