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White Porcelain Human-shaped Container
 

Tang Dynasty

Height: 23.5cm   Caliber: 5.3cm

Excavated from the tomb of Duan Boyang, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province in 1956

The white porcelain wine container is skillfully made in the shape of a boy with Western features holding a wineskin closely to his chest. Judging from his appearance, he might be a businessman from South Asia.

This white porcelain sculpture demonstrates the advanced and sophisticated Tang craftsmanship and all-inclusiveness of the Tang culture in welcoming people from all over the world.