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Figure of a man seated on a camel

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  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This figure is very similar in material and construction to [LI1301.416] in the Barlow Collection, which equally imitates a Northern Wei (AD 386-534) model. Its hollow modelling, moulded from two halves, although the animal seemingly rests on a flat base, is uncharacteristic of an early date.

    The camel is shown reclining, with furry mane and neck, pointed humps, its tail bent to one side, its legs resting on a thick plinth, but the whole figure is hollowed out underneath. A fringed saddlecloth surrounding the humps is laden with long poles, a long blanket, a thick bag, suspended bottles and animal as provisions. The rider is depicted as a foreigner, with curly hair and beard, dressed in a furry coat with curled seam, trousers and boots. The piece is made of grey pottery, covered with a white dressing and shows traces of red pigment.

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