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CHINESE TOMB FIGURINES

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WILLEM CLAESSEN

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Tomb figurines of grooms

Grooms with non-Chinese features illustrate the great number of foreigners who came to China. All foreigners were called "barbarians" by the Chinese. Persians, North Iranians from various West Asian lands, Western Turks, Altaic Turks, Eastern Turks, Malays, Indonesians, and people from countries south of the border, such as Champa and Cambodia, were pulled to the big cities of Tang China.