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Figure of a dancing lady

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  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This piece copies a Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) burial figure, but the heavy material and the almost solid modelling are not known from that period, where figures were mostly hollow and much lighter in weight. The affected pose and ruffled sleeves equally indicate a modern manufacture.

    The lady is standing in an exaggerated pose, her body bent, head turned to the right, looking up, arms raised and curved inward, her hair draped up in two large loops. Her long garment flares at the fringed hem, revealing bent-up shoes, and is worn with a half-length overcoat, crossed in front, with short ruffled sleeves, revealing overlong flaring sleeves of an undergarment. The grey pottery body is very heavy, the figure almost solid, with only a small pierced hole in the base, painted with a white dressing and the garment with light green pigment, the coat with traces of red.

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