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Creation date: 8th century
Creation place: China

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Type: Ceramic Funerary Figure
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Helen M. Towle Bequest
Accession Number: 1941.84.a
Dimensions: 32 1/4 in. x 27 in. x 10 in. (81.92 cm x 62.23 cm x 25.4 cm)
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Kleijkamp, Inc., New York, New York (1940-1941 - November 7, 1941)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 7, 1941 - )

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These impressive sculptures convey the energy and fierce individualism of a camel’s character in his proud bearing. The Bactrian camel could be considered the life blood of the vigorous commercial trade that took place over the desert Silk Roads of Central Asia, especially from the late seventh to mid-eighth century. The double humps of one protrude above the pack-saddle with its projecting boards, load of vegetables, game, and a fanciful pack ornamented with the face of a hairy Central Asian. The glazing is brilliant with splashes of amber on green, light amber, and cream.
Last Updated: 7/25/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Early Chinese Art Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 9/12/1941 - 9/29/1941

Masterpieces of Ancient China Kleijkamp, Inc. , 10/19/1941 - 11/23/1941

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 130

Dr. Alfred Salmony, Ph.D.. Masterpieces of Ancient China, Kleijkamp, Inc.. New York, New York, 1941
Page Number: 33, no. 94

Dr. Don Bacigalupi and Ms. Rachel Evans. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 13

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