Miniature Tang Dynasty ‘Fat Lady’ Musicians & Dancers


A rare, matching set of Tang ‘Fat Lady’ musicians and dancers. Each musician figure is depicted in a different pose and holding a different instrument, whilst the two dancers are displayed with elegantly outstretched arms, as though in mid-dance. Much of the original pigmentation remains in green, red, black, and with additional features in blue. Such figures were placed in burial chambers and tombs to entertain the owner in the afterlife.

NB. Weight of 5 figures exceeds 2kg and will require a courier. Please enquire.

Date: 618 - 906 AD
Period: Tang Dynasty
Condition: Very fine condition. Item is accompanied with a Thermoluminescence Analysis Report (C115a71) which confirms the suggested period of manufacture.


The ‘Fat Lady’ was a popular figure of the Tang dynasty, which played host to a period of enormous social, political, and economic change, and introduced a great deal of prosperity. These luxurious tastes permeated feminine body-type ideals, with the new fashion preferring a more buxom figure. Whereas women had previously been encouraged to be slim and slight, the decadence and prosperity of the Dynasty had led to increased personal indulgence.

To discover more about Tang statuettes, please visit our relevant blog post: Terracotta Tomb Attendants.



Weight 5000 g
Dimensions H 23 cm

Pottery and Porcelain



Reference: For a similar item, Christie’s, Sale 8497, Lot 18.

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