A pair of sancai glazed standing court ladies
Tang dynasty, 8th century AD, China
唐 8世紀 中國
Height: 40 cm, 15.7 inches
Each slim figure stands on a square base wearing long robes that reach to the ground leaving the elaborate curling toed fashionable shoes exposed. The hands are clasped together at stomach height and draped in a cloth – above which, one of the figures supports a bound up offering; their shoulders are each draped in a shawl. The unglazed heads are left with remnants of the original cold pigment decoration, the hair styles bound up into an elaborate top knot – one of the many sophisticated hair styles in this cosmopolitan society.