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Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart
Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart
Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart
Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart
Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart
Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart
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Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart

  • This rare earthenware ox and cart were created during the illustrious Tang Dynasty of China
  • Known as mingqi, the sculpture would have been buried with a wealthy deceased elite
  • Oxen were essential to Silk Road trade
  • Minqi were intended were intended to accompany and serve the deceased in the afterlife
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$26,850
Item No. 31-7235

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Description
Over 1100 years in age, this Tang Dynasty ox and cart earthenware sculpture served as funerary sculpture, also known as mingqi. Reigning for nearly 300 years between the 7th and 10th centuries CE, the powerful Tang rulers oversaw a cultural and artistic “golden age” in Chinese civilization. A marker of wealth and likely created for the tomb of a merchant, the ox and cart would have offered ample support to the deceased in the afterlife. . . .
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Over 1100 years in age, this Tang Dynasty ox and cart earthenware sculpture served as funerary sculpture, also known as mingqi. Reigning for nearly 300 years between the 7th and 10th centuries CE, the powerful Tang rulers oversaw a cultural and artistic “golden age” in Chinese civilization. A marker of wealth and likely created for the tomb of a merchant, the ox and cart would have offered ample support to the deceased in the afterlife. 

Tang Dynasty mingqi reflect a harmonious blend of Han Chinese traditions and external cultural influences arriving in China through the Silk Road. More than a facilitator of global commercial transactions, the Silk Road served as a network for cultural exchange between East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and beyond. Along its routes, travelers and merchants from disparate cultures encountered one another, fostering the exchange of ideas, philosophies, art forms and scientific knowledge. Mingqi sculptures such as this, which highlight the very tools that facilitated travel and trade, were intended to accompany and serve the deceased in the afterlife. They frequently depict guardian figures and the pack animals that were essential in the ever-expanding world.

Circa 7th-10th century CE

11 3/8“ high x 9 1/2” wide x 15 7/8“ deep
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Tang Dynasty Ox and Cart
Origin: China
Type: Figurines/Statuettes
Depth: 15.88
Width: 9.5
Height: 11.38
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