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Figure of a seated female attendant with a dog

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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

    The two figures were probably inspired by Tang (AD 618–907) or earlier burial figures, but their features, dress style and poses are not known from China’s antiquity, and the solid manufacture is also not consistent with an early date.

    Both figures have rounded faces and their hair is wound up into a tiny chignon. One is depicted half seated on the ground, with the left leg raised, the pointed tip of her shoe visible under a long dress with tight bodice and wide skirt, pushed up to reveal the left leg, which is covered by an undergarment. The other figure is shown seated on a roughened furry support, holding a dog, her skirt pulled up on both sides to show both legs in an undergarment. Both figures are solidly made, of dark grey pottery, covered with a white dressing and showing traces of pigments. The undersides are closed and the figures heavy.

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