Chinese / Female Dancer / 2nd century B. C.Chinese
Female Dancer
2nd century B. C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Chinese
Title: Female Dancer
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -19
Creation End Date: -10
Creation Date: 2nd century B. C.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Ceramics
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with slip and pigments
Dimensions: H. 21 in. (53.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1992.165.19
Credit Line: Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1992

Once part of a larger retinue, this elegant dancer is extraordinarily compelling in her ability to convey a feeling of life in a perfectly motionless form. The sculptor chose the moment in the performance when one sleeve is thrown back as the dancer gently stoops and flexes her knees, lifting one heel from the floor; she is motionless for a split second before she advances on her toes, her pendant arm remaining supremely still. The desire for an afterlife through which worldly pleasures and activities are maintained is reflected in the placing of models (known as spirit goods, or "mingqi") of attendants, entertainers, pets, domestic animals, and a host of worldly goods in Chinese tombs, particularly during the first millennium. Tomb furnishings reflected the wealth, status, and interests of the deceased, while equipping tombs with such items was often understood as an act of homage by the deceased's family and descendants. Although certain spirit goods were made of bronze, jade, and other materials, clay was most commonly used.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1992.165.19
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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