The two figures are elegantly modeled in an unusually thin manner, suggesting the early Tang period as their date of manufacture. A musician figure with a similarly pleated gown in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is illustrated by Fontein and Wu, Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, vol. 10, 1980, no. 46. Compare, also, a figure in the Museé Guimet illustrated by Desroches, Compagnons d'éternité, Paris, 1997, p. 250, (bottom) left.