East Asia, China, Tang Dynasty, circa 618 to 907 CE.
A beautiful mold-formed pottery tomb attendant in the form of a female noblewoman. She wears long robes and stands with her hands folded in front of her. On her head is a conical headdress or crown with long ear flaps draped across the sides of her head. Her gentle, downturned face bears delicate almond-shaped eyes, a petite nose, puffy cheeks, and full lips. Most of the figure boasts traces of chalky white surface pigment, and atop are areas of applied red pigmentation which accentuate her face, lips, body, and vestments. Hundreds of pottery figures like this one were carefully placed in the tombs of high-ranking people during the Tang period; one of the most interesting things about them is that they often seem to represent individuals rather than having been mass produced.
Width: 2.5 inches: Height; 10.2 inches (6.4 cm x 25.7 cm).
Good condition with polychrome paint loss. Natural lean corrected with felt on base.
Provenance: private Amarillo, Texas, USA collection; ex-Sotheby’s, Los Angeles “Fine Oriental Works of Art” Auction (March 5, 1981, part of lot 1510)
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