A large and very impressive tomb pottery horseman, Chinese, 1368-1644, this horse being ca. 500-540 years old.
A rare tomb pottery officer that we purchased as part of a small group recently. Several have been TL tested as ca. 500+ years old, see our other listings at Trocadero.
The pottery horseman a high-ranking soldier equiped with a huge broad sword and body armor in blue and torquise with Mandarin batch on the chest at back. He is riding a large white horse and his body is twisted, one arm holding the sword, the other arm pointing forward.
A mandarin batch of square (traditional Chinese: 補子; simplified Chinese: 补子; pinyin: bŭzi; Wade-Giles: putzŭ; Manchu: ᠰᠠᠪᡳᡵᡤᡳ sabirgi; Vietnamese: Bổ Tử; hangul: 흉배; hanja: 胸背; romanized: hyungbae), also known as a rank badge, was a large embroidered badge sewn onto the surcoat of an official in Imperial China, Korea and Vietnam. It was embroidered with detailed, colourful animal or bird insignia indicating the rank of the official wearing it.
Mandarin squares were first authorized for wear in 1391 by the Ming Dynasty. The use of squares depicting birds for civil officials and animals for military officials was an outgrowth of the use of similar squares, apparently for decorative use, in the Yuan Dynasty. The original court dress regulations of the Ming Dynasty were published in 1368, but did not refer to badges as rank insignia. These badges continued to be used through the remainder of the Ming and the subsequent Qing Dynasty until the imperial system fell in 1912.
Size: ca. 36 cm. high and 27 cm. wide - a massive piece.
Comes with a signed COA and unlimited guarantee for authenticity.