A yellow earthenware funerary model of a reclining camel. The legs of the camel are folded beneath his body, his head is turned towards the left and his mouth is slightly open. Along his neck and legs the clay has a rough surface to suggest the thickness of the camel's fur. On his back he is carrying a heavy load of rolled up parcels, blankets and some sort of stretcher. A recent study of the camel mingqi indicates that in the Tang period the often detailed representation of their loads may represent not so much the reality of transport along the Silk Road but rather the transport of goods (including food) specific to beliefs of what the deceased would need in the afterlife.
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