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Camel Driver
M.C. 7636
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The harnessed camel is carrying a flask and silk rolls. The craftsman managed to capture the motion and the value of the camel's load, reminiscent of the trade on the Silk Road. Figurines of camel drivers and western sellers that were put into tombs might be seen as a token of prosperity.

History of the Object
Foreigners like this camel driver were numerous in China from the 4th to the 9th century. They came from different ethnic groups.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Width 11,6 cm Height 20,7 cm Length 23 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
North China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 5th century ~ AD 5th century 
Creation date
5th Century; Northern Wei dynasty (386 - 534) 
Function
The figurine was put into the grave with the dead. 
Acquisition
The figurine was bought by the Musée Cernuschi in 1930. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l'Asie de la Ville de Paris 
Museum
Musée Cernuschi 
Credit line
 

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