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Two camels
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The virtually identical camels standing in a rigid, frozen position on their long legs have three-dimensional saddlebags on which the original over-glaze painting, depicting the texture of cloth, is still clearly visible. The bodies show traces of a decorative linear pattern, also painted on over the glaze.

History of the Object
Camels, as well as horses and donkeys, were used as pack animals in the caravans that travelled great distances over the vast territories of China. Their physical constitution made them especially useful in the deserts of western China.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Buff-coloured cold-painted earthenware with white slip-painting and remains of cold-painting in white, black and red 
Measurements
height 43 and 44.2 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 (Tang Dynasty) 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1996 from the Capital Gallery, Hong Kong 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Lit.: T.M. Eliëns, 'Een stel kamelen uit de Tangdynastie', in: Jaarboek Haags Gemeentemuseum 1997, The Hague 1998, pp. 8-10 C. Jörg, Oriental Porcelain in The Netherlands. Four Museum Collections, Groningen 2003, p. 14, fig. 2 Grafkeramiek uit het oude China, themanummer Vormen uit vuur (2004), p. 20, cat.no. 10 
Owner
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag 
Museum
Gemeentemuseum 
Credit line
 

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