Tomb figurines of dwarfs
history dwarfs were sought as attendants and
by kings and nobles. They were known in the palaces of
from the earliest dynasties. In more recent times many
achieved positions as favorites at various European
courts. It is probale that the " Sons of Heaven",
the rulers of the Tang Empire, also had dwarfs among
their retinu. Dwarf entertainers, actors, jugglers and
dancers were known to have performed in the palaces of
Ch'ang-an, the capitol of the Tang Empire. These dwarfs
were brought to China from all over Asia.
Emperor Wu Ti (A.D. 502-550) was fond on dwarfs and
employed them in his palace as servants and jesters.
Every year several hundred were brought to the capital.
In A.D. 724 a Sumatran prince sent to Ch'ang-an for the
"Son of Heaven" from Scriviya (Sumatra) many
rare gifts including two dwarfs.