IMG 1374 Camel

Camel
Chinese
Tang Dynasty, 618-907 CE
Height: 6 inches

This Tang Dynasty figure is a Bactrian camel, native of central Asia and characterized by its two humps. Camels were an essential part of trade with the west. They often traveled on the silk road in caravans. Camel figurines were used by the Chinese as grave objects for the afterlife. They were most likely mass produced from a mold. This particular camel is standing on a rectangular base with an open center. It has an exaggerated neck, heavy body, and flattened tail.