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Ming Tomb Guardian

Ming Tomb Guardian


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1700: Item # 138626

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This green-glazed ceramic guard once held a sword in his clenched right hand and was part of a pottery regiment standing watch over the tomb of a Chinese nobleman. Ceramic figures and animals were buried with the nobility to announce their high status to the spirits, and to provide them with the attendants, services and provisions they would require in the afterlife. This 16th century guard has a strong, alert face with staring eyes under heavy brows, a flowing mustache, pursed mouth and prominent chin. He wears a helmut-like hood and a short robe with incised designs over loose trousers. The hollow buff pottery figure stands on a base with molded leaf designs. The figure has a small firing flaw on the left cheek and the glaze shows signs of age. It has no chips or damage. Dimensions: height 13" (33 cm), diameter at base 4 1/2" (12 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM