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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This figurine is a superb example of lifelike depiction.

History of the Object
The figurine depicts a dancing girl with her face cast upwards and one hand lifted in front of her. The other hand hangs at her side. She is wearing a full-length dress with long sleeves, tied with a long sash under her breast. Her hair is styled up in a butterfly coiffure. There are traces of white paint. The handicrafts and arts blossomed in China during the T´ang period, which lasted from 618 to 907 AD. The western influence was winning ground during this period, especially within the arts. Realistic T´ang sculpture is best studied in funerary art, of which this piece is a good example. The interest in reality is clearly reflected in the portrayal of beautiful fashionably-dressed women, warriors in their armour, grooms and camel drivers, women musicians and dancers. Domestic animals as well as fantastic guardian beasts complete the collection of thousands of tomb figurines that surrounded the departed in his grave. Thanks to these deliberately realistic sculptures, which were never intended for living eyes, the present-day observers have an extremely lifelike picture of people and living conditions in the T´ang period.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Pottery 
Measurements
223 x 120 mm 
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; 618-906 AD; T´ang Dynasty 
Function
Tomb figurine used in burial ceremonies to accompany the deceased in the grave and the after-life. 
Acquisition
Acquired from Professor Osvald Sirén, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1967 
Copyright
Photograph: The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture archives, Jussi Pakkala 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture 
Museum
Didrichsen Art Museum 
Credit line
The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture 

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