AGE: – Tang Dynasty 618 A.D. – 907 A.D.
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta Mingqi Camel
HEIGHT: – 42cm
LENGTH: – 36cm
WEIGHT:– 4.10 kg.
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Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta Mingqi Camel – In China a variety of beliefs and cults systems related to death and dying existed since ancient times. Some systems aimed to prolong life, others to provide for a continuation of life in the after life, whilst others assumed the presence of immortal kingdoms to which the soul was transported.
The Chinese distinguished two different elements of the soul “Hun” and “Po”. In the physical life “hun” was the intellectual or spiritual soul, whilst “Po” dealt with the energy and movement of the physical body.
After death these two elements are believed to separate, Po stayed with the body in life and death, therefore all the material comforts which were enjoyed during their lifetime was provided in death, in the form of ritual wine vessels, cooking vessels, miniature animals that would have been used for traveling or for work such as camels, pigs, a much loved pet, buffalo or bullock or guardians in the form of lions.