Tang Dynasty Court Lady Figurine Holding a Bird

GBP 3,950.00

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Object Description

A finely sculpted terracotta Tang court lady presented standing in a relaxed and elegant stance, holding a small bird in her right hand. She is portrayed wearing a richly draped court robe that falls to her feet in heavy folds, emphasising the graceful sway of her plump body. Her right hand is concealed by the hem of her richly draped and decorated garment, whilst her left is left bare and is raised in an elegant gesture. Her face is sensitively moulded with full cheeks, a small, dimpled chin and a crisply carved mouth, nose and elongated eyes. Her cheeks are painted with light rouge-coloured pigment, rendering an attractive representation of rosy skin. Her hair is gathered into a characteristic court coiffure, featuring a top knot drawn-up high. Her beautiful gown is pigmented in delicate white and peach tones, decorated with stylised floral patterns. A thick sash sits underneath her chest, coloured red. The figure is depicted standing on a rectangular flattened base, the upturned points of her elaborate shoes peeping out from the folds of her dress.

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Date: Circa AD 618 – 906

Period: Tang Dynasty

Object Condition

Extremely fine, complete and intact, with much of the original pigments still remain brightly visible to the surface. This piece is accompanied by a positive Kotalla Laboratory thermoluminescence report.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    W:16.6 x H:40.8 centimeters

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
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