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Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China, December 2005
Creator: Brian Boyle
Date of Image: December 2005
ROM Links: Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
Museum ID Number: ROM2005_6179_39
Image Number: ROM2005_6179_39

Visitors marvel at Tang dynasty burial figures representing mounted horsemen in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China. An aristocratic elite ruled Tang China, the centre of the Asian world in the 7th to 9th centuries. Unprecedented wealth from foreign trade and domestic taxes sustained sophisticated and luxurious lifestyles for the wealthy. Burial figures provide insight into this ancient culture as they represent much of the diversity of Tang society, from bureaucrats to foreign merchants to musicians and dancers. Figures like these illustrate the aristocracy's love of the spirited horses of Central Asia, and some of their favorite pastimes - riding, polo and the hunt.

The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China showcases the ROM's outstanding Chinese collection, ranked among the best outside China. Admire approximately 2,500 exceptional objects spanning almost 7,000 years of Chinese history, ranging from beautifully painted Prehistoric ceramic jars to elaborate 18th-century AD furniture.

Related Works:
For more burial figures of horses see:2000.106.1783, 918.21.278

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