A large and very decorative Chinese female pottery attendant, mounted on horseback. The figure date to Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644.
This figure was Termo-Luminescence testet by Ralf Kotallas Laboratory in dec. 2020 and it was made during the Middle Ming period (15th.-16th. cent.).
The official TL report will be included in the sale at no extra cost.
The figure is finely glazed in cobalt blue and turqoise colors. Pigmented colours in red, white ad black. She is holding a bucket in her hand as if she was about to sow a crop. She has an elaborate high headdress and was made with many finely painted details, high quality.
Size: c. 36 cm. high and ca. 27 cm. long - a massive figure!
Condition: Choice, intact and in very good condition for the type.
Ex Danish Private Collection.
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.