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CHINESE TANG DYANSTY TERRACOTTA FAT LADY FIGURE - TL

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Ca. 618-907 AD. Chinese Tang Dynasty Ceramic ‘Fat Lady’ Figure. The figure stands facing forward, with head slightly inclined and hands held gently across her stomach. She wears long-sleeved, loose-hanging robes, and the court dress is embellished with delicately detailed upturned shoes. The original pigmentation is still visible on the figure’s face, dress, and hair. The facial features, such as the eyes, lips, nose, and eyebrows are picked out by delicate painting. An elaborate coiffure crowns the face of the ‘Fat Lady’. Attendant figures such as this item were important to a variety of cultures with afterlife beliefs which involved trials, travels, or an afterlife similar to that which was lived on earth. These figures, which are included as funerary offerings reflect the belief that assistance would be helpful in overcoming the difficult environs of the afterlife. The so called ‘Fat Lady’ was a popular attendant figure during Tang dynasty. During this period as luxurious tastes led to a change in the ideal feminine form, from thin to more buxom body types. Good condition. Authenticated by Ralf Kotalla laboratory in Germany; report attached. Size: H:620mm / W:200mm ; 5500g. Provenance: From an old British collection formed in the 1990s;
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CHINESE TANG DYANSTY TERRACOTTA FAT LADY FIGURE - TL

Estimate £2,500 - £5,000Jul 26, 2020
Starting Price £1,500
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