TL test- H 37,5 cm
Terracotta with remnants of original painting.
China, Early Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
High 37,5 cm.
Excellent condition and intact (not broken)
- The result of the thermoluminescence test number 05210210 form R. Kotalla Laboratory, is consistent with the dating of the item. See photo
Becker Antiques specialist in Asian Art since 1969
Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item. Becker Antiques is a member of VVAK- Association of Friends of Asian Art, The Netherlands
Provenance: Collection of Herbert Keuper.
Mr. Keuper has been specializing in Chinese art for decades and has built up his private collection of Chinese art in the course of about 20 trips to China between the 1970s and the early 90s. Every piece he acquired was intensively examined for its authenticity, including with the collaboration of Chinese and German experts. He always made his acquisitions with great care and thus, in all the years, never had a complaint about the identification of an object.
The markedly noble posture of this courtly lady with her elaborate hairdress and two strikingly tall hairpieces is impressive. The chubby face with a markedly small, red mouth, large, chubby cheeks and a fine nose is dominated by a very feminine, serene and, maybe even, somewhat bored look. A slightly plump body, her hands are in long sleeves and held together in a regal position. The floor-length robe with its softly depicted falling folds also covers her shoes for the most part. The remains of the original painting are also attractive.
* This elegant figure exemplifies the court ladies that became fashionable in the second half of the Tang dynasty. Figures of similar style were excavated from the tomb of Wu Shouzhong, in Xi’an, Shaaxi province, in the 748 A.D.
The figures of this type usually hold their hands in front of them, in order to provide a more graceful arrangement of their sleeves. Some have their hands completely hidden, as can be seen in the present court lady and three other figures from the Schloss Collection. See J. Baker, Seeking Immortality – Chinese Tomb Sclupture from the Schloss Collection, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, 1996, p. 34, no. 17
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