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1936 (the spelunker thinks)
John Ayers, The far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1980, cat. 11
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
Tomb figure, painted and gilded earthenware, China, Tang dynasty, 650-800 AD
Height: 25.8 cm
China, room 44
This dark-skinned boy with curly hair represents someone from Western Asia.
Painted earthenware with gilding
Museum no. C.827-1936 
China, room 44, case 16
Earthenware, with white slip, unfired painting and gilding museum_number
Buff earthenware figure of a dancing boy, half-draped, with curly hair and wearing bracelet, anklets and necklace. The surface is coloured with unfired painting and gilding on a white slip.
This earthenware tomb figure represents a dark-skinned boy with curly hair, maybe a dancer. It is possibly one of the 'Kunlun boys' cited in historical records of the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), an ill-defined group from south-east Asia, but not of Chinese origin. Figures of this type were buried in graves to accompany the deceased in the afterlife.
painting, gilding title