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Women in Tang China

The sport of polo came from Persia and became popular among the Chinese elite. Men enjoyed active women, as well as plump women. As evident from this figurine, it is possible to have both. Polo evolved a new bundled hairstyle, head ornaments, combs, necklaces, powders, and perfumes. Despite laws that aimed to promote decency, women wore caps, men’s clothes and boots, and tight-sleeved bodices. This new fashion gave women new freedom and stature. Many women must have welcomed the change, although some conservative women might have disagreed. The nature of the clothing might have frightened men a little, especially more conservative men of period who were full-on Confucian and wanted the hierarchy of males and females defined very clearly. We can conclude that women of the Tang Dynasty had a reasonable amount of freedom.