Camel

Chinese


Camel, 618 - 907, Tang Dynasty

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Earthenware

Dimensions: 14 × 12 × 9 in. (35.6 × 30.5 × 22.9 cm)

Gift of Gerald Shepps in memory of Roslyn Shepps, 2009.2

Camels symbolized the prosperity of the Silk Route—trade routes between China, Europe, and the Middle East—because they were the main form of transportation in the caravans. This one carries a saddlebag with a guardian face and would have likely been made for a wealthy individual’s tomb. Indeed, camel sculptures were trade goods themselves and have even been found as far away as Japan and Egypt.

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