Pottery figure of a soldier, Tang Dynasty (618 – 970 AD)
Terracotta figure of a foreign soldier, modeled standing with his hands clasped, wearing a peaked hat and a collared cloak over his robes, with traces of pigment details such as a sash at his waist and his eyes & large moustache. Tang dynasty, 8th century AD.
The facial features and moustache of this figure, along with the robes he wears, marks him out as a foreign soldier, seen as a sign of status for the deceased. Placed in the tomb, such a figure was to guard their patron in the afterlife.