Seated court lady


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

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 The hourglass-shaped stool, originally made of rattan in South Asia, points to the overseas trade and exchange during this prosperous and cosmopolitan age.

Seated court lady, Earthenware with tri-color (sancai) glaze, China

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3/4 view showing the lapdog at the lady's side.