A painted grey pottery figure of a court lady
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A painted grey pottery figure of a court lady

TANG DYNASTY

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A painted grey pottery figure of a court lady
Tang Dynasty
The slender figure wearing a long-sleeved coat with padded low neckline, epaulets and elbows over layers of robes with different designs and pointed shoes, the palm of the hands open with index raised, beaded necklace and a large head jewel centering the elaborate headdress with winged coils, painted in red, blue, green, black pigment over white slip, some restoration
36.8 cm. high
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Lot Essay

This exquisitely moulded aristocratic lady provides a fascinating portrait of Tang courtly style. Her eloborately stylised headdress and low bodice are both Persian in inspiration, indicating the extent to which foreign fashions--particularly those of Turkic and Iranian origin--were in vogue among members of the Tang court in the 8th century.

The dating of this lot is consistent with the result of the Oxford Authentication Ltd thermoluminescence test number C103y29.

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