Arts and Culture
Burial artifacts are a precious material to acquire a better knowledge of the society that made them, but not just to talk about their funerary rites or their beliefs in the afterlife. We are cataloging Tang dynasty figurines, specifically, the ones who play instruments. This research helps us to have better insights into Chinese society, the court, daily life, popular beliefs, but also about trade, etc. between 618 and 907.
We will realize how music played a very important role in Chinese society. Furthermore, these figurines, nowadays conserved in museums all over the world, show us the great cosmopolitanism of the Tang dynasty. For example, we do encounter a number of musicians who are foreigners. But also, foreign songs were played regularly in the Tang court; even foreign costumes were fashionable.
Moreover, we will talk about the outfits and ornaments of these figurines because they are tightly related to fashion and its fugacious wages, but also trade, Chinese usages and etiquette.
Finally, but maybe one of the most important points, we will focus on the female musicians: they outnumber greatly their male counterparts, which also will lead us to think about gender in Tang China and the women key role in this area and in the Chinese society of that specific period.