Measurements: 18 cm – height, 22 cm - length


Description: A pair of delicate Tang Dynasty dancers with long sleeves. Both ladies are wearing a long flowing dress with flared sleeves, painted in red, light green and white pigments, with blue flowers and set on a pentagonal base. Their facial features are accentuated with black and red paint and their hair is arranged in elaborate coiffure with red bows. Long sleeves cover their arms and palms modelled to show elegant movement. This is a rare, matching set. The dancers are stylistically modelled to impart a sense of grace and style for the entertainment of the owner in the afterlife, with most of the original vibrant red, green, blue and black pigments remaining. The price is for the pair.


Statues like this are a rare find and reflect the golden age of court performances during Tang Dynasty. The performances were eclectic and on a grand-scale, sometimes with tens of thousands of performers. With its keen interest in other cultures, the Tang court received musicians and performing arts groups from many regions. Such a wide range of performers included: acrobats, ceremonial dancers, clowns, singers, musicians, martial arts masters...


Provenance: From Cheuk collection, Hong Kong. The pair comes with a Thermoluminescence certificate that confirms its age.


Period: Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD)


Condition: Very fine, intact, with crazing to the surface and worn out pigments in places.

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