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, but is guaranteed authentic and comes with our 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 carrying a large mace 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: 82-84 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: Nearly superb for type and age, typical smaller cracks from the firing, exceptional preservation of all glaze and pigments. Beautiful 'grazing' of the glazed areas. Very smaller losses.
Ex. Danish Private Collection. Guaranteed authentic.
* Tomb pottery figures were made to follow the deceased into afterlife. During the Ming Dynasty this old tradition had a revival and it became popular to place miniature representations of glazed terracotta objects such a furniture, food offerings, farm animals, horses, miniature statues of male and female attendants and many other objects into the burial chamber alongside the departed.
Almost any object that was used in daily life during this period was re-created in miniature form especially for burial purposes; food, animals, houses, cooking vessels and many other objects that were used or enjoyed by the deceased when living were also made as offerings to accompany them into the other world.
It is thought that familiar objects would ease their way and give them comfort when entering into the after life. Objects that accompanied the deceased often reflected their status in life.