The thick, pointed band framing the chin and cheeks is a very unusual feature and based on traces of fine brown brushstrokes may be imitating either a fur border to a high collar, or some kind of fur strip tied around the head. For a figure of a seated male entertainer with a textured band of similar form framing the lower face see Eskenazi, Sculpture and ornament in early Chinese art, London, 11 June - 13 July 1996, Catalogue, no. 26, where it is described as possibly fur or possibly a real beard contained in thin cloth. See, also, no. 25, a group of entertainers, one of whom has a similar 'fur' strip framing the lower face. The full shape of this female courtier's face and the small features indicate that like the entertainers she is a foreigner.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C199b16 is consistent with the dating of this lot.