A rarely seen set of zodiac figures with animal heads and human bodies. All are dressed in long gowns with long sleeves, their hands folded in front of their chests.
The Zodiacs are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig or boar. These correspond to the twelve earthly branches and are infrequently found in wealthy tombs of the elite and wealthy ancient Ming Chinese.
Pottery zodiac figures were realistic in appearance in the early days, but became more stylized, and gradually transformed into a combination of animal and human features. This set is very interesting with many details and outstanding original hand applied glazes and pigments.
Size: 20-21 cm - c. 8 inches tall
Condition: Superb, all figures are intact with finely preserved glaze and pigment with wear for age and type.
Provenance: Private collection. Guaranteed authentic.