Figure of a bird, Tang dynasty (618 - 906). h 2.5cm × w 4.4cm × d 2.8cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


A lidded pot, Tang dynasty (618 - 906). h 9cmCourtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

All kinds of objects were included in grave goods, from utilitarian vessels, such as this little pot, to figures representing important aspects of the deceased’s surroundings during his lifetime. The little model of a bird shows that there was also room for cheerful elements.