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Sui / Tang Dynasty Glazed Pottery Figures (pr)

East Asia, China, late Sui to early Tang Dynasty, ca. late 6th to early 7th century CE. A charming group of two mold-formed pottery female figures, each covered in pale yellow-green straw glaze. The shorter figure stands atop an integral octagonal base and wears a belted, knee-length robe with hands clasped across her abdomen. The taller figure wears a robe which hides the entirety of her legs and feet and holds a small bowl or a piece of fruit in both hands. The coiffure of the shorter figure is parted in the center and drawn back into a conical bun, and that of the larger figure arches across the back of her head. The straw glazing in the Sui Dynasty was the origin of celadon, so admired in later times. Though the two beautiful ladies are Chinese, their elegant draping shows the western influence due to the silk route. Chinese women enthusiastically adopted foreign dress, fashion and hair styles. This graceful pair certainly make a fashion statement. Size of largest (bowl or fruit): 2.625" W x 9.6" H (6.7 cm x 24.4 cm).

Condition: Smaller figure repaired from multiple large pieces with some overpainting, resurfacing, and light adhesive residue along break lines. Head of larger figure reattached with light resurfacing, overpainting, and adhesive residue along break lines. Both figures have surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, small chips to bases, and fading to areas of glaze coloration. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout. Nice craquelure to glazed areas.

Provenance: ex-private New York, USA collection

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