Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Female Courtier ("Fat Lady") with Oxford TL Test - AD 618 - 906
Arguably the most desirable pottery sculpture from the Tang Dynasty is the female courtier, or "fat lady". This figure was made around the mid 8th century and is a particularly elegant example. The lady stands with her hands clasped together under her flowing robe and her head turned a little to the left. Note also the elaborate hairstyle. It is relatively highly-fired and made from a buff-coloured pottery that has been "cold painted" with a base coat of white pigment on top of which have been applied orange and black pigments, traces of which still remain.
It is a good size with a height of 37 cm (14.5 inches). Notwithstanding the expected surface wear and loss of pigment, it is in fine condition and is available to view at our gallery.
This figure has been tested by Oxford Authentications, the ONLY testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this figure is shown; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 900 and 1500 years ago".
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