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Tang Dynasty
Bare-chested Hu - Funerary Object
三彩袒胸胡俑    随葬品

This pottery figure of a bare-chested Hu (Hú​) was a burial object in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD). The Hu were a nomadic people who lived in the same general northern region as the Xiongnu and the Mongols. The Chinese often referred to all northern tribes as Wu Hu, or the five Hu. Hu is a Chinese word that means "unintelligible" and refers to the Mongol languages that were spoken by the tribes. The designation "Hu" is often loosely used to refer to all foreigners or barbarians. The pottery figure was made in 706 AD, in the second year of the Shenlong reign. It was excavated from the tomb of Princess Yongtai in Qianxian County.

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