Terra Cotta Statue. Funerary Figure. Court Lady. Tang Dynasty. China.
A pottery figure of a Chinese court woman with up-swept hair and standing in a simple draped robe, typically seen in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).
Women at the Chinese imperial court were highly trained in fashion, manners, etiquette but also music, dance and other pleasing arts. They were highly educated in the arts / literature and were expected to perform and indulge audiences with those very learned skills.
Further, statues such as this were considered a mingqi – spiritual objects – and were placed in the tombs of royals and nobility . . . to protect and serve them.