Sogdian Hunter on Horseback, from a Tomb Figure Procession

Tomb figures were an important part of Chinese funerary practices. The deceased was to be accompanied by everything his or her family thought they might need in the afterlife: animals, servants, entertainers, hunters, homes, officials, etc. Regulations dictated that what you took into the afterlife depended on who you were in this life. This elaborate […]

Female Polo Player, from a Tomb Figure Procession

Tomb figures were an important part of Chinese funerary practices. The deceased was to be accompanied by everything his or her family thought they might need in the afterlife: animals, servants, entertainers, hunters, homes, officials, etc. Regulations dictated that what you took into the afterlife depended on who you were in this life. This elaborate […]

Pack Camel, from a Tomb Figure Procession

Tomb figures were an important part of Chinese funerary practices. The deceased was to be accompanied by everything his or her family thought they might need in the afterlife: animals, servants, entertainers, hunters, homes, officials, etc. Regulations dictated that what you took into the afterlife depended on who you were in this life. This elaborate […]

Sogdian Hunter on Horseback, from a Tomb Figure Procession

Tomb figures were an important part of Chinese funerary practices. The deceased was to be accompanied by everything his or her family thought they might need in the afterlife: animals, servants, entertainers, hunters, homes, officials, etc. Regulations dictated that what you took into the afterlife depended on who you were in this life. This elaborate […]

Pack Camel, from a Tomb Figure Procession

Tomb figures were an important part of Chinese funerary practices. The deceased was to be accompanied by everything his or her family thought they might need in the afterlife: animals, servants, entertainers, hunters, homes, officials, etc. Regulations dictated that what you took into the afterlife depended on who you were in this life. This elaborate […]

Horse

This sculpture depicts a native Chinese horse, which has noticeably distinct features from the foreign horses introduced to China via the Silk Road. Sculptures such as this demonstrate the variety of horses the Chinese had, both domestic and imported.