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Camel

Camel

First half of the 8th century, Tang Dynasty (618 – 907)
Shaanxi or Henan Provinces (?)
“Three colours” ceramic (sancai)
H : 84.3 cm L : 61 cm D : 27.2 cm
M.C. 2001-10

Generally, the colours brown, cream, green or blue are used. Artisans played with drips of paint, as they did here to depict camel hair.

This walking camel, loaded with silk products, evokes the silk roads.

There were several silk roads. The most widely travelled road linked present-day Xian to Antioch (Syria), for a total of 8,700 miles. It has existed since ancient times: the Romans purchased silk.

Western influences, such as Buddhism, reached China by these roads. Inversely, silk, spices and important Chinese inventions reached Europe by this route.

Auteur de la notice : Gilles Béguin
Collection : Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Mode d'acquisition : Purchase, 2001

Chameau
© Musée Cernuschi