Standing Attendant

Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)

Date: 7th century

Culture: China

Medium: Earthenware with pigment

Dimensions: H. 20 1/16 in. (51 cm); W. of base: 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm); Diam. of base: 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Barbara and William Karatz Gift, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.501


This standing attendant is likely a rare representation of a non-Han Chinese figure from the north, as suggested by his plump face with narrowed eyes, his long hair in double braids, and his costume of a tunic with wide lapels, loose trousers, and pointed boots. His belt, from which a triangular pouch, a knife, and a circular box are suspended, also reflects the nomadic way of life.