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Tomb Figure of a Dancer

618 - 907
Earthenware with painted decoration

12 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 3 5/8 in. (31.75 cm x 13.34 cm x 9.21 cm)
Gift of Helen Burwell Chapin, Class of 1914, AB 1915

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2009.28.2
Geography: Asia, China
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures; Terracottas
Culture/Nationality: Chinese
Collection: Helen B. Chapin '15 Collection
This elegant tomb figure is a testament to the extravagance of women's fashion during the Tang dynasty. The flamboyant costume features wide lapels, long sleeves, large shoes, and an elaborate headdress. Her costume and pose are similar to other tomb figures that are identified as dancers.

The costume of this figure reflects the high level of cultural exchange during the Tang dynasty, including an interest in foreign styles of fashion and hairstyles from central and south Asia.

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