Measurements: 35 cm – height, 12 cm - width


Description: A fine Ming Dynasty court attendant of good size with a sancai-glazed surface. The attendant is shown standing on an integrated hexagonal base, wearing long-sleeved court dress of ochre and green, his right arm raised to his chest, the left resting by his side wrapped in his robes. Articulated head is painted white, with traces of red-brown and with facial features emphasized in black. The head of the statue is detachable.


These attendants are excellent examples of Ming Dynasty tomb pottery of this time. The glazed sculptures were placed in burial chambers in order to flaunt the social status, wealth and power. The more diverse the processional figures were, the more powerful individual they were intended for.


Reference: Caroselli, S. L., The Quest for Eternity: Chinese Ceramic Sculptures from People's Republic of China, 1987.


Period: Ming Dynasty, 14th – 17th cent. AD


Condition: The surface with some minor glaze flaking, small nicks and wear as expected that does not detract; otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.  Minor glaze losses and earthly deposits on the surface.

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