A large and very impressive tomb pottery horseman, Chinese, 1368-1644, this horse with complete Thermoluminescence test from lab, testing it as ca. 480 years old.
A rare tomb pottery officer that we purchased as part of a small group recently. This figure has been TL tested as ca. 500 years old, see our listings at Trocadero for other Mandarin Officers not TL tested and thus cheaper but guaranteed genuine.
The pottery horseman a high-ranking soldier equiped with a huge broad sword at his side and body armor in blue and torquise with Mandarin batch on the chest at back. He is riding a large white horse and his is twisting in the saddle.
A mandarin batch or square (traditional Chinese: 補子; simplified Chinese: 补子; pinyin: bŭzi; Wade-Giles: putzŭ; Manchu: ᠰᠠᠪᡳᡵᡤᡳ sabirgi; Vietnamese: Bổ Tử; hangul: 흉배; hanja: 胸背; romanized: hyungbae), also known as a rank badge, was a large embroidered badge sewn onto the surcoat of an official in Imperial China, Korea and Vietnam. It was embroidered with detailed, colourful animal or bird insignia indicating the rank of the official wearing it.
Mandarin squares were first authorized for wear in 1391 by the Ming Dynasty. The use of squares depicting birds for civil officials and animals for military officials was an outgrowth of the use of similar squares, apparently for decorative use, in the Yuan Dynasty. The original court dress regulations of the Ming Dynasty were published in 1368, but did not refer to badges as rank insignia. These badges continued to be used through the remainder of the Ming and the subsequent Qing Dynasty until the imperial system fell in 1912.
Size: 35,5 cm. high and 27 cm. wide - a massive piece.
Condition: Choice, guaranteed unrepaired and perfect.
Comes with the original TL test, a signed COA and unlimited guarantee for authenticity. One of the many samples came out as 'possible restored material' at the spot but we have been going through the area and can guarantee that the it's unrestored, so either this particular sample was comtaminated or the clay was difficult to meassure at this particular spot.