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Ming Style, Chinese Pottery Figure of Male Court Attend

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Ming Style, Chinese Pottery Figure of Male Court Attend
This is a Ming style pottery figure of a male court attendant that would have been buried with the deceased to serve him in the afterlife. The attendant stands on an unglazed hexagon base with his right hand clasped to his chest. He wears a tall red hat, and the clothing is painted in red, green and beige glazes. This figure is one of the rare types in which the head is molded and painted separately and is inserted into the body with a long tapered extension into the body of the figure.

These burial tomb figures were made during the Ming dynasty, circa 16th-17th century. There have been many fakes and copies made over the centuries so we are going to be conservative and date it to the 19th century. We do think that there is a better than even chance that is an actual Ming piece from the amount of degradation to the glazing and the use of the separate head and body. It is in fine condition some chips at the neck where the head was inserted and re-inserted over the years and the typical signs of fluorescence that marks early burial pieces from their long period underground. It measures 15 high and is 4 diameter at the base.

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