Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Figure of Ox

Figure of Ox

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

8th century

Earthenware with traces of painted decoration

Height: 7 15/16 inches (20.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Charles H. Ludington from the George Crofts Collection, 1923

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The Chinese have long associated specific animals with each year in a twelve-year cycle. This figure is part of a full set of twelve animals—arranged in the traditional Chinese order of right to left—including the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, chicken, dog, and pig.