Global Art & Artifacts

Terra Cotta Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Court Lady.  Tang Dynasty.  China.

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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.

 

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