These plaques would have been fitted together to form a belt, and numerous such plaques, variously decorated with foreigners, musicians, dancers, performers and servers, are in museum collections. For examples with musicians, see Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, pls. 53 and 62; Jadeware (II) - The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1995, pls. 22 and 23; and the set of ten plaques depicting various musicians, from a belt in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated in Bulletin, Summer 1990, p. 59, fig. 75.
The figures depicted are dressed in Central Asian style, in keeping with fashion seen on foreigners in the Tang dynasty capital.