CHINESE TANG DYNASTY TERRACOTTA FEMALE DANCER - TL TESTED
Ca. 618-907 AD. A hollow-moulded terracotta female dancer is depicted with her upper body slightly bent to the side, with her left arm up in the air, indicating motion. She wears a long flowing gown with her hands hidden in long sleeves. The lower part of the dress is red, and the bodice is cream. A long scarf hangs from her left arm. The dancer herself is carefully modelled, with her hair gathered into a fine topknot, red pursed lips, delicate brows, and smiling eyes. Dance as an art form reached its peak in China during the Tang Dynasty, which is now known as the golden age of Chinese music and dance. Indeed, during this time The Great Music Bureau was created as a means through with to train musicians and dancers for the imperial court. For a similar see The Yale University Art Gallery, 1939.476. This piece has been precisely dated by means of a Thermo Luminescence analysis carried out by Ralf Kotalla, an independent German Laboratory. The samples collected date the piece to the period reflected in its style, whilst also showing no modern trace elements. The TL certificate with its full report will accompany this lot. Size: L:315mm / W:170mm ; 995g Provenance: From the private collection of a Somerset gentleman; previously in an old British collection, formed in the 1980s on the UK /European art markets.