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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