Fantastic tomb pottery Chinese Warrior of the largest size known!
This warrior comes from a buriel group of approx 16-24 figures all in all. We recently sold three with full TL tests from the Ralf Kotalla lab dating them to ca. 1420, during the Ming Dynasty, (1368-1644 AD). This particular figure has not been tested thus it's cheaper, since tests are expensive, but has the same guarantee for authenticity and comes with a COA.
The warrior stand proud with a strong facial expression with huge brows clad in full body-armor over a detailed heavy mailshirt. He is holding a large segmented Club in his left hand. Exceptionally detailed and almost sculptural quality! The figure fully glaced in the cobalt and torquise colours. Red, white and black pigments was used for other details.
The figure is 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. 84 cm. in height, massive and heavy. The head is about the size of the head of a small child.
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 to judge from the lavish style and extreme size and weight.
Condition: Superb for type and age, typical smaller cracks from the firing, exceptional preservation of all glaze and pigments. Beautiful 'grazing' of the glazed areas.
Ex. Danish Private Collection