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Lot 0044D
**Originally Listed At $250**

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 tall headdress or coiffure. 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, with their added pigment, they often seem to represent individuals rather than having been mass produced. Size: 2.1" W x 9.55" H (5.3 cm x 24.3 cm)

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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Repaired from three or four pieces, with a loss from one shoulder. Surface wear commensurate with age and extensive deposits on surface, with some small areas of remaining pigment. Form is very clear.

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Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta Tomb Attendant

Estimate $500 - $750Jul 01