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A PAINTED RED POTTERY FIGURE OF A COURT LADY

Item noM1396

The corpulent figure standing gracefully with hands hidden within the full sleeves of her long robes which fall in long vertical folds, her head slightly turned and her face modeled with full cheeks and small delicate mouth and nose, all framed by her helmet-like coif which has an asymmetrically-set loop in front, with traces of white slip and red, pink and black pigment. The shape of the face, facial features and hair style of this magnificent court lady are very similar to smaller figures of somewhat earlier date, circa second quarter of the 8th century, but the size and style of clothing are comparable to those figures found in the tomb of Wu Shouzhong, dated to A.D. 748, discovered in the modern village of Kaoloucun, Xian. The result of Oxford Authentication thermo luminescence test is consistent with the dating of this object.
Chinese;
Tang Dynasty
Height: 18 1/4 in. (46,5cm)