End Views of Frontals (Cologne) of a Sogdian Mortuary Couch
Bas Relief, Northern Qi dynasty, A.D. 550-577
China, Henan province, probably Ce xian
Gray marble with traces of pigment; Museum of East Asian Art Cologne; Bc 11, 12. Rheinisches Bildarchiv Koeln.
Source: p48, Die Chinesische Steinplastik : vol.1, by Alfred Salmony
Referenced on p.114 in Elsie Holmes Peck, "The Representation of Costumes in the Reliefs of Taq-i-Bustan."
Artibus Asiae, Vol. 31, No. 2/3, 1969.
'The fashion for boots had already traveled as far as China by the sixth century A.D. and is seen on a Northern Ch'i platform in the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C.
On the stone relief where influence from Iran, India and Central Asia are found side by side, the guardians standing on lions and the tiny musicians in pearl roundels wear Central Asian boots.'
Left Frontal of a Sogdian Mortuary Couch
Right Frontal of a Sogdian Mortuary Couch
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