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Funerary Statuette: Bird Trainer

Location

NORTH CENTRAL CHINA

Era

Six Dynasties (220-589 C.E.)

Title

Funerary Statuette: Bird Trainer

Date

5th-6th c. C.E.

Materials

Grey earthenware, traces of paint and white slip

Dimensions

17.1 x 13.8 x 9.5 cm

Credits

Purchase, inv. 1936.Ed.3

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

Falconers and other trainers of birds were often depicted as foreigners; here, the beard, prominent nose and rounded cap all suggest that a Central Asian is represented. The use of birds of prey in the hunt originally came to China during the Han period, through contact with the pastoral nomads who inhabited the northern steppes – hence the exotic affiliation.

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