Ceramic figures of ladies-in-waiting holding small dogs are comparatively rare; a closely related example, possibly the pair to this piece, is illustrated in Sekai tōji zenshū/Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 11, Tokyo, 1976, col. pl. 29. See also a pottery figure of a lady holding a dog, but with hands exposed, in the collection of Julius Eberhardt, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Frühe Chinesische Kunst/Early Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 1999, vol. 1, pl. 130; and another with a different coiffure, from the collection of David W. Dewey, published in Celestial Horses and Long Sleeve Dancers, Minneapolis, 2013, p. 180 (right).
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