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Orchestra of eight horsewomen
M.C. 2001-11 à 18
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The horsewomen are wearing a western-inspired costume (huyi). Each of them has a quite different and very expressive face. Their full cheeks prefigure a woman's curves in vogue at the middle of the 8th century, a fashion set by the concubine Yang Yuhuan. Seven of the eight are playing instruments.

History of the Object
The orchestra, before being given to the museum, was in the private collection of Dr. Stephen Zuellig and Gilbert Zuellig.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Painted earthenware 
Measurements
Each horsewoman can be seen as an individual figurine. Written below are the maximum measurements. 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 8th century ~ AD 8th century 
Creation date
8th Century; begining of the 8th century, Tang dynasty (618 - 907) 
Function
This kind of figurine was put with the dead into the tomb. 
Acquisition
The orchestra was given to the Musée Cernuschi in 2001 by Dr. Stephen Zuellig and Gilbert Zuellig. 
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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