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Monumental Tang Dynasty Pottery Fat Lady

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1196183

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T.L Tested. Circa 750 C.E., 21" high this monumental figure of Yang Guifei is the concubine over whom Emperor Xuanzong (712-756 C.E.) lost an empire. She changed the standard of beauty in China and brought rise to the fashion for "Fat Ladies. Traces of pigment remain on face and throughout body. In excellent condition. Yang Yuhuan (719 756) often known as Yang Guifei, literally "Imperial Consort Yang") (with Guifei being the highest rank for imperial consorts during her time), known briefly by the Taoist nun name Taizhen, was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. She was the beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang during his later years. During the An Lushan Rebellion, as Emperor Xuanzong and his cortege were fleeing from the capital Chang'an to Chengdu, the emperor's guards demanded that he put Yang to death because they blamed the rebellion on her cousin Yang Guozhong and the rest of her family. The emperor capitulated and reluctantly ordered his attendant Gao Lishi to strangle Yang to death.