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Ming-Dynasty Terracotta Zodiac Figure with lamb

Ming-Dynasty Terracotta Zodiac Figure with lamb

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1700: Item # 1462456

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A very fine and interesting Zodiac figure. They usually come in a set of 12 - where each of them are holding an animal. This figure is holding a little lamb.
This has been glazed in a nice turquoise and darkblue paint. The zodiac figures were also only used for the highest in society.

The zodiac figures were most often placed in a northern or southern direction in the coffins to represent the progress and change of time. The chinese hoped that this arrangement would encourage the gods to guard the tomb.
The 12 zodiacs are: rats, oxes, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, sheeps, monkeys, roosters, dogs, and pigs or boars. These animals are also seen in the twelve earthly branches.

Culture & Year: Chinese, Ming-Dynasty, 1368 - 1644 AD.

Provenance: Private Collection, Netherlands.

Condition: Very fine.

Height: 19.5 cm
Width: 7.5 cm
Length: 6.4 cm