Tomb figures of horses and camels, anonymous, 650 - 750
These figures were once painted and equipped with reins and bridles of wood and fabric or leather. They were placed in tombs, to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. From the riders’ headgear and faces, it is evident that they originated in western Asia rather than China. Their presence in the tomb of a highranking member of Chinese society reflects flourishing international contacts in the period.