High quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior - c. 39 cm!High quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior - c. 39 cm!High quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior - c. 39 cm!High quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior - c. 39 cm!High quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior - c. 39 cm!

A large and high quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior probably an officer, dating to 1368-1644.

The figure with many fine details. A high helmet with decorations, the harness is covered with dark blue and torquoise glaze with lions on the shoulders and chest. He is wearing a bow in his hand. Pigmented colors in red, white, black of which much remains.

The head is attachable as on most larger ming figures. He is placed on a hexagonal podium - a very vivid figure.

Size is 38-39 cm in height. (c. 15 inches).

Condition: A choice figure w. wear for age and type. Smaller loss to one ear. Minor firecracks and flaws to the glaze.

Miniature pottery figures were objects made to follow the deceased into afterlife. During the Ming Dynasty this old tradition had a revival and it became popular to place miniature representations of glazed terracotta objects such a furniture, food offerings, farm animals, horses, miniature statues of male and female attendants and many other objects into the burial chamber alongside the departed.

Almost any object that was used in daily life during this period was re-created in miniature form especially for burial purposes; food, animals, houses, cooking vessels and many other objects that were used or enjoyed by the deceased when living were also made as offerings to accompany them into the other world.

It is thought that familiar objects would ease their way and give them comfort when entering into the after life. Objects that accompanied the deceased often reflected their status in life.

Ex. Private collection.

ITEM ID
1428803
ITEM TYPE
Antique
PURPOSE
Figurines
ORIGIN
China • Chinese
STYLE
Ming Dynasty
TYPE
Pottery
COLOR
Blue, Turquoise

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High quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior - c. 39 cm!

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