A finely moulded Chinese terracotta grey pottery tile with a long robed female figure modelled in high relief, dating from the Song Dynasty period. The figure, which is depicted at the centre of the tile and enclosed within a florid border to the sides and top, is wearing a floor-length robe with a sash over her shoulders and holding a fan in both hands. Her hair is styled in a tall coiffure and she seems to be wearing a diadem or headpiece in front of her tall hairstyle. Facial features have worn with ageing. Traces of the original pigmentation is visible on the surface. The reverse of the tile features the potter’s full hand imprints side by side, acting as a maker’s mark.
Date: 960-1279 AD