This graceful figurine, with its high hairstyle and elegant bearing, belongs to a group that was very much in vogue during the second half of the 7th century and in the early years of the following century.
The Guimet Museum has several examples of such figurines but this one is the most attractive.
Fragile and slightly nonchalant, even haughty, her face still shows the immature features of childhood.
The extraordinary hairstyle, the ultimate mark of her affectation, is suggestively described as a "chignon half turned into a sword blade".
The technique of terracotta:
Figurines in clay are one of the oldest artistic and religious manifestations of mankind.
Cast or stamped in plaster moulds, they were touched up and dried for a long time before being fired in a kiln at a temperature ranging between 600 and 900 degrees.
The terracotta models from the casting workshop of the Louvre are always made according to these ancient procedures.
Reproduction in terracotta with patina
- H. 36 cm (14,17"); W. 10 cm (3,94"); D. 10 cm (3,94")
- Material of the original
- China, 7th to 8th century
- Paris - Musée des Arts asiatiques–Guimet
- Woman, Asia
- Art movement
- Asiatic art