A large and high quality Ming Dynasty pottery figure of a warrior probably an officer, dating to 1368-1644.
The figure with many fine details. A high helmet with decorations, the harness is covered with green and yellow sancai glaze with lions on the shoulders and chest. He is holding a spear in left hand. Pigmented colors in red, white, black of which much remains.
The head is attachable as on most larger ming figures. He is placed on a hexagonal podium - a very vivid figure.
Size is 38-39 cm in height. (c. 15 inches).
Condition: A choice figure w. wear for age and type. Minor firecracks and flaws to the glaze.
Miniature pottery figures were objects 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.
Ex. Private collection.