Tang Dynasty Court Lady Figurine

GBP 4,250.00

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Object Description

A finely sculpted terracotta Tang court lady presented standing in a relaxed and elegant stance. 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 left 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 known as ‘fallen horse’ chignon. Her beautiful gown is pigmented in delicate light blue, red and yellow pigments, still bright and well retained on the surface. A thick sash sits underneath her chest, coloured brown. 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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This piece is accompanied by a positive Kotalla Laboratory thermoluminescence report and has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art: AIAD certificate number no.10864-178552.

Date: Circa AD 618 – 906
Period: Tang Dynasty

Object History

From a West Country, UK, collection; formerly in a Hong Kong gallery, 1990s.

Object Condition

Extremely fine, complete and intact, with much of the original pigments still remain brightly visible to the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:17 x H:52 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

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
St James

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