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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This qin-playing female figure gives us an idea of the culture and entertainment enjoyed by the upper stratum of Chinese society as part of life at the Imperial court. Its chief value lies in the information it provides about cultural history. Clay figures placed in graves reflect Chinese society with its peasants and mandarins, its emperor and court. They were deposited as gifts to the deceased. Through the grave goods of the Han and Tang eras, we can learn about life in China at that time.

History of the Object
The object was part of a large collection of works of Chinese art, chiefly earthenware from the Han and Tang, bronze mirrors and small animal figures of bronze collected by the high court notary C. G. Lindgren in Stockholm, who had in turn bought it from Eskil Artberg, an antique dealer in Stockholm (Japanska Magasinet). A large share of the collection was donated to Kulturen in 1969. Literature: Kulturens årsbok 1971, Bo Gyllensvärd, C.G.Lindgrens Kina It is now shown in the exhibition China – in the middle of the World at Kulturen in Lund.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Earthenware with trace of red painting 
Measurements
Height 17 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 ( 618-907) 
Function
Grave gift 
Acquisition
Gift in 1969 from C.G.Lindgren, Stockholm 
Copyright
Kulturen in Lund (photo Viveca Ohlsson) 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Kulturen in Lund 
Museum
The Museum of Cultural History, Lund 
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