Figure of a Seated Court Lady, 8th century, China, Tang dynasty (618–907)
Figure of a Seated Court Lady
Earthenware with tri-color (sancai) glaze
This charming figure brings to life a leisure moment at the Tang imperial court. A plump young woman sits in a relaxed pose, a playful lapdog at her feet. Bright, clear-toned glazes, a recent innovation in ceramic technology at the time, enhance her jacket, sash, and skirts with striking colors. The hourglass-shaped stool, originally made of rattan in South Asia, points to the overseas trade and exchange during this prosperous and cosmopolitan age.
Long time no post. Mid-Autumn Festival is a month away, 9/21/21 (Gregorian calendar) this year. And well, lunar calendar, it’s always 8/15 🌕 Growing up, it was only the traditional flavors of mooncakes available (my traditional favorite is lotus seed paste). But it’s also interesting to see other flavors that come out each year: