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5. Figure of a lady
Excavated from the tomb of Xianyutinghui, Xiuan, Shaanxi Province, in 1957
Tang dynasty, 618-906 CE
Earthenware with blue three-color, sancai, glaze
height 44.5 cm

Figure of a lady

In the early Tang dynasty, figurines reflect the slender ideal form. In the middle Tang period the full-figured body and round-cheeked face became the fashion. This matronly woman with her delicate features wears a loose robe with low neckline and a loose jacket with wide sleeves. Her hair is gathered in a loose topknot.

National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing

Detail: head

Detail: sleeves

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