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Tomb Retinue Dignitary: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2007-10-18

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This set of ten figurines was excavated intact in 1948 from an imperial tomb at An Chia Kou, near Lo-yang, the site of the ancient T'ang capital in Honan province. The retinue comprises five pairs of figures: lokapalas, guardian warriors of Indian Buddhist origin often shown (as here) standing on bulls; ch'i-t'ou or earth deities, composite creatures with feline bodies, grotesque heads, flaring wings, and flamelike crests; civil officials; camels; and two exceptionally fine horses. The drip-glaze decoration was applied by a traditional T'ang technique called san-ts'ai(three-color). The retinue is remarkable for its large size, fine modeling, lavish use of rare cobalt-blue glaze, and the fact that it is apparently one of only two complete excavated tomb sets in western collections.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009