Representing the ideal beauty of her time, this figure of a female courtier is characterised by a full form, round delicate face and elaborate coiffure. This particular hairstyle is identified as the 'upswept symmetrical double knot'. The figure's plump form is said to have been inspired by a favoured concubine of the early Tang emperor, Xuanzong, whose popularity led to a short-lived fashion for such figures.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label