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Important Ming Dynasty tomb pottery attendant, largest known type!

Important Ming Dynasty tomb pottery attendant, largest known type!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1328411
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An amazing glazed pottery attendant, which is of the largest known type of tomb pottery figures, made during the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644.

The male attendant with greyish-black robe over an brown and blue and torquise glazed dress and a high red hat and other nice details in red and black. He is standing with what looks like a special bag and a rectangular objects, which could be a box, on a two-level podium.

The figure was made in three parts - 1. the podium and legs, 2. the torso and arms and 3. the head. This is the only type where the body and legs are made seperately.

Size: ca. 83 cm. in height, massive and heavy. The head is the size of a small childs.

Such large size figures are extremely rare and were not for the common officials, they would have been made for the super rich, likely nobility and to judge from their lavish style, made late 15th.-16th. century. We have pictured it with a normal size (19 cm.) pottery attendant in front, so it's enormous size is shown in the best way.

Condition: Superb for type with minimal losses, wear consistant with the age. Beautiful 'grazing' of the glazed areas.

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