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Period: Tang dynasty (618-907)
Dimensions: height: 44 cm, width: 14 cm

The figurine has a round, white face. She wears rouge on her cheeks and lips, highlighting her graceful eyebrows, dainty eyes, and fashionable hair that is loosely styled about her face and done up in a high bun. Her features are compactly designed. Wearing a full-length dress, she folds her covered hands and seems be taking a stroll.
  The woman's full figure reflects period aesthetics. In the later Tang dynasty, specifically the period from the Kaiyuan reign (713-741) to the Tianbao reign (742-756), women with larger figures were highly esteemed. Yang Yuhuan was the highest ranking imperial consort of the Tang emperor Xuanzong and renowned for her plump figure, as a result the desire for such women reached an historical high.

 

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