Figure of a Central Asian Foreigner

DATE:
618–906 CE
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Ceramic, stucco, and paint
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
4 7/8 × 2 3/4 × 2 in. (12.38 × 6.99 × 5.08 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
304 SNAIL GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Vernett Slater
OBJECT NUMBER:
1973.8

General Description

This dwarf figure shows Chinese interest in foreigners from the Silk Road. Dwarves, who were thought to come from exotic lands to the north and west, were often entertainers in China.

Excerpt from

Dr. Anne Bromberg, DMA unpublished material.