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|Tang Dynasty (618-907), Test of Thermoluminescence confirms the dating|
A beautiful work, this is a pair of kneeling dancers in dark gray terra-cotta with an undercoat of white slip and a second coat of yellow, water-based paint. Wearing a narrow, long-sleeved jacket and a high, spiraled chignon called “Luoji,” their positions correspond symmetrically, making for a superb pair. The head rests on the crossed arms on one of the bent knees.
In perfect condition, some small scratches in the painting here and there due to age. It is a true pair, with very nice movement and a lot of elegance. This is a collector’s piece, not expensive.
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Medium/Materials: molded terracotta with yellow polychromy|
|Dimensions: Height without base: 13cm/ 5.18 in - Length: 17cm/ 6.692 in - Width: 8cm/ 3.149 in|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Chinese Antiques|
|Secondary Classification: Ancient Art, Antiquities : Chines Antiquities|
|Dance was a very important art in ancient China. During the Tang dynasty, two types of dance existed. The first, called Wuwu, was a powerful dance that extolled conquests by miming battles and sword fights. The second, called Wenwu, was a graceful dance accompanied by soft and fairy-like melodies. Emperor Xuanzong was a lover of music and dance, and his favorite was Yang Yuhan. The use of the color yellow was traditionally linked to the Emperors, a symbol of legend, and of the earth of which it is a color. It is reserved for imperial buildings and the clothing of the court. |
A similar object is present in the Guimet Museum, Paris, J. Polain donation, MA 6122.
Certificate is available on Vendor website. Listed in Vendor's antique and archaeological object registry (Livre de Police) under N°1153.
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