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Tang dynasty (618-907) China
Standing woman [Court lady] 8th century Place made: Shaanxi province, China
Materials & Technique: sculptures, earthenware, earthenware, pigments
Dimensions: 45.0 h x 14.0 w x 11.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of TT Tsui, Hong Kong, through the National Gallery of Australia Foundation 1995
Accession No: NGA 95.572

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