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From Court to Caravan

Chinese Tomb Sculptures from the Collection of Anthony M. Solomon

Virginia L. Bower; Edited by Robert D. Mowry

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October 11, 2002
152 pages, 7 3/4 x 11
80 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300096965

Distributed for the Harvard Art Museum

During the Han (206 B.C.–A.D. 220) and Tang (A.D. 618–907) dynasties, terra cotta sculptures were placed in elaborate tombs to protect and to serve the spirit of the deceased. These fascinating sculptures took the form of soldiers, courtiers, musicians, merchants, attendants, court officials, and guardians. Animals were depicted as well—horses, rams, boars, dogs, and camels.

From Court to Caravan featuresseventy-five exquisite Chinese tomb sculptures from the collection of Anthony Solomon, which includes a particularly rich selection of sixth-century pieces and is noteworthy for its focus on unglazed, cold-painted sculptures. The book provides an up-to-date overview of China’s wide variety of ceramic tomb sculptures, their place in Chinese material culture, and the influences of Silk Route trade that they reveal.

Virginia L. Bower is an independent scholar specializing in Asian art. Robert D. Mowry is Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums.

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