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Camel
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Besides its artistic value, this grave figure also conveys interesting historical information about how the Chinese used the camel for transport, trade, and communication. The many camel caravans along the Silk Road were essential for the intensive trade between China and the Mediterranean. 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 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). This Chinese art consisted chiefly of Han and Tang earthenware, bronze mirrors and small animal figures of bronze. A large share of the collection was donated to Kulturen in 1969. 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, lead glazed 
Measurements
Height 45,5 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; 618-907 (T'ang Dynasty) 
Function
Grave gift 
Acquisition
Gift in 1969 from hovrättsnotarie C.G.Lindgren, Stockholm 
Copyright
Kulturen in Lund (photo Viveca Ohlsson) 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Kulturen in Lund 
Museum
The Museum of Cultural History, Lund 
Credit line
 

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