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Fine Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Glazed Lady with Oxford TL Test


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Fine Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Glazed Lady with Oxford TL Test (AD 618 - 906)

Undoubtedly the most desirable of the many forms of Tang pottery sculpture is the Court Lady. This example is made from a relatively highly-fired pale pink pottery that has been coated in sancai (three-colour) glazes: a pale straw-yellow, green and chestnut. Glazed examples of Tang pottery figures are so much rarer and more desirable than plain or painted examples. The way the different coloured glazes blend into each other is particularly pleasing. In addition to the glazes the facial features and hair have been finished with “cold-painted” black and red pigments. The lady stands upright with her hands clasped together under a long shawl draped around her shoulders. In places on the surface the glaze has acquired a slight silvery iridescence, a result of long exposure to dampness.

Height 26.5 cm (10.5 inches). It is in fine condition with just very minor surface wear and no sign of any restoration or repair.

As with many of our finest items, we have had this figure tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction rooms and museums worldwide, with a result of a date of manufacture of "between 900 and 1500 years ago". We show also the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this figure.

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