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Tang Dynasty Glazed Terracotta Figure of Standing Male Attendant - PF.5164
Origin: China
Circa: 618 AD to 907 AD

Style: Tang Dynasty
Medium: Glazed Terracotta

Location: Great Britain
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In the history of China, Tang Dynasty is regarded as a golden age that achieved political stability, economic affluence, and cultural prosperity. Unified a huge continent, Tang has expanded its borders and absorbed foreign cultures based on its identity as a unified country established by the Han and Sui Dynasty, completing a refined and international culture, and contributed to the formation of East Asian cultures by spreading it to neighboring countries such as the Korean Peninsula and Japan. During the Tang Dynasty, poetry and literature were greatly developed by enlightened rulers, and the artworks of the Tang reached a new level of sophistication. The Silk Road, which runs from Xi'an, the capital of Tang, through the Western Regions to Byzantium Empire, established wealth through the revitalization of trade, and furthermore. It helped create new ideas and exotic cultures through the cultural interchange.

This standing male figure illustrates the men's clothing of the Tang Dynasty in China. The circular-collor robe and double-pointed headdress, futou, were common dress for men during the Tang dynasty. The figure is dressed in long and narrow sleeved robes. The belted outer robe, which loosely drapes above his pants, is painted a deep ochre colour. The expression of delicate facial features and folds of clothes of the statue show the excellence of art in Tang dynasty. This statue of standing male was made of burial goods for the deceased, who were of high class, such as the royal family and aristocrats. The polite pose with his hands on his chest suggests that the man is an attendant. It is not only an artwork of high-quality artistry during the Tang Dynasty, but also a valuable archaeological relic that informs the refined attire of the Tang Dynasty. - MK
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