Dwarf figure, Tang dynasty

An interesting and rare Tang dynasty figure of a dwarf. With it’s 24 cm’s a large example of the genre. A comprehensive paper on dwarf growth figures from the Tang is recently published: : Dwarf figures from early imperial China; Peter AGM De Smet Pharm.D., Ph.D. Professor emeritus, Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It describes a history of dwarfism in China. Mostly these small people were used as entertainers or helps in the court or rich households. They were even imported from outside to supply the demand. A very similar figure in green glaze is found in the Royal Ontario Museum https://collections.rom.on.ca/…/burial-figure-of-a-male… The figure is realisticly proportioned and shows typical signs of disproportional dwarfism or Achondroplasia.

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