Court Lady

North China
Tang period, 8th century
Earthenware with multicolored lead glazes and traces of pigment (sancai ware)
H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm); 1979.113

Artist Comments

Ong Keng Sen

I am often intrigued by representations of artists or people expressing themselves in dance and music. These representations are often a valuable record of the way instruments were played, the postures and the context in which they were played. In the case of this court lady, I was also incredibly drawn to her hair. The styles of ornamentation and decoration were often fantastical, especially in the Chinese court and this is a great example of that.