This exquisitely modelled aristocratic lady provides a fascinating portrait of Tang courtly style. She is shown seated on a rattan stool in Western fashion rather than sitting on the floor or on a low platform according to Chinese custom with her legs beneath her. This different manner of sitting may derive from Buddhist sculptural portrayals of human and divine beings. The Buddhist theme continues with this figure's serene facial expression and stately pose.
Compare the figure with similarly positioned hands and wearing a striped dress with ring-molded flower decoration, but with slightly different hairdo, excavated in 1953 in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, and included in the exhibition, Cina a Venezia, 1986, no. 86.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C105x25 is consistent with the dating of this lot.