During the Chinese Han (206 BC–AD 220) and Tang (AD 618–907) dynasties, earthenware sculptures were placed in elaborate tombs to protect and serve the spirits of the deceased. These fascinating sculptures took the forms of soldiers, courtiers, musicians, merchants, and attendants. Animals were depicted as well, among them horses, rams, boars, dogs, and camels.
From Court to Caravan features seventy-three exquisite Chinese tomb sculptures from the Anthony M. Solomon collection, which includes a particularly rich selection of sixth-century pieces and is noteworthy for its focus on unglazed, cold-painted sculptures. This book provides an up-to-date overview of China’s wide variety of ceramic tomb sculptures, their place in Chinese material culture, and the inﬂuences of the Silk Route trade that they reveal.
This catalogue accompanied an exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, July 27–September 15, 2002. Selections from the exhibition were on view at The Asia Society and Museum, New York, October 9, 2002–February 9, 2003.
Virginia L. Bower is an independent scholar specializing in Asian art. Robert D. Mowry is Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art at the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and senior lecturer on Chinese and Korean Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.