painted pottery figure of a lady with an elaborate coif and a full round face; tiny hands extend outward from wide sleeves of a loosely draped robe covering an amply sized figure; the robe falls over the upturned toes of shoes; on a rectangular base

Standing Lady, c. 725-750

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In the Sui and early Tang dynasties (6th and 7th centuries) slenderness and grace epitomized the feminine ideal. By the eighth century, however, a new concept of beauty emerged and heavy-set palace ladies are shown in early eighth century mural paintings and tomb sculptures such as this. The fashion for plumpness seems to have persisted well into the Song dynasty (11th-12th century). Numerous figurines similar to this one have been excavated from Tang tombs in Shensi province. It seems likely that this figurine also came from that region.

Details
Title
Standing Lady
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.59
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painted pottery figure of a lady with an elaborate coif and a full round face; tiny hands extend outward from wide sleeves of a loosely draped robe covering an amply sized figure; the robe falls over the upturned toes of shoes; on a rectangular base