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Chinese Tang Dynasty Tomb Figure - Standing Woman

East Asia, China, Tang Dynasty, ca. 618 to 907 CE. A beautifully formed terracotta tomb attendant, a noblewoman. She wears long robes and stands with her hands folded in front of her. On her head is a conical headress or crown. Sadly her face is no longer visible, but she would originally have been brightly painted with mineral pigments to give her individualized facial features. 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. Size: 2.05" L x 2" W x 8.75" H (5.2 cm x 5.1 cm x 22.2 cm)

Condition: Intact, with surface encrustation and some remaining pigment.

Provenance: private Ventura, California, USA collection

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