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3. Court lady with folded arms
China
Tang Dynasty (VII-IX century)
Terracotta with polychromy
H: 35 cm
Court lady with folded arms

This figure is moulded in fine red clay with a white slip cover still presenting original polychromes. The dress shows remains of flower design of red colour to be compared with flower motifs on textiles represented in paintings and murals from the same period.

The black hairs are kept in a complex double chignon and the plump moon-face is finely painted.
The dress seems is tied loosely by a belt with a small purse around the hips.

Ref: for a very similar example see the court lady excavated in 1955 from tomb no:131 at Gaolou village, Shaanxi Province now kept by the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and published in “The Quest for Eternity” published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; page 140


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