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Pottery Xianbei Attendant Figurines ( a set)
Source: Henan Museum Edit: acf Time: 2022.06.02 16:42:51

Measurements: H.23 cm
Period: The Sixth year of Wuping period in Northern Qi dynasty (575 CE)
Provenance: Unearthed from Fancui’s tomb at Honghetun village, Anyang, Henan, 1971

Among the set of the figurines, some wear a top-rounded cap, dressed in cloak with a bow tie, with two hands in front of his chest; Some wear pointed hoods, dressed in short upper tunic with narrow sleeves, with a crossbody wide-strap bag on left shoulder. The hood (feng mao, lit. wind hat), narrow-sleeved tunic, and cloak are typical Xianbei costume. It is apparent that the Xianbei people and their costume began to emerge in the Central Plains of China, and increasingly exerted influence on the regional clothing during the period, thus came into being the unique costume characteristics of the era by mixing Hu and Han Chinese clothing.

Fan Cui was not mentioned in historical texts. The epitaph states that he had hold a high military post of the Northern Qi, which was founded by the Chinese people who were assimilated by the Xianbei, therefore the regime of Northern Qi was ruled by Xianbei people politically and militarily.

Being in turmoil for a long period, but at the same time, the era was a prosperous period of great exchanges and integration between various ethnics and cultures. Foreign civilizations such as the cultures of the Western Regions were continuously integrated into the local Chinese culture.