Aug 17, 2021
Aug 18, 2021

Sarcophagus Panel

Sarcophagus Panel

early 8th Century

Limestone

Overall: 119 x 69 x 10 cm (46 7/8 x 27 3/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1975.63

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Description

This slab originally formed the "window" panel of a coffin encasement constructed to resemble a one-story house. The dwarfs bowing respectfully under the vertical lattice window, as well as the court lady and archer engraved on the reverse, reflect the style of contemporary figure painting. Complete structures with similar decor have been excavated from tombs in the Tang imperial cemetery near Sian in northwest China.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Limestone

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