Tall Chinese Ming Dynasty Glazed Pottery Figure
This pottery model of an official figure was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is made from a pale pinkish-brown pottery and includes an integral hexagonal plinth on which the figure stands. The head has been made separately and slots into the hole at the neck. The figure has been coated in green and amber glazes that have, over much of their surfaces, acquired a silvery iridescence, a result of long burial in damp conditions. The base, head and some other parts of the figure have been "cold-painted" in black and white pigments. Around part of the inner base are the ancient remains of calcified root/plant growths from long burial.
Height 38 cm (15 inches). There is surface wear and chips to the edge of the neck opening. There are signs that the hand has been re-stuck, also repairs to the edge of the neck opening. There are hairline fractures to the heavily-potted head, but these are from manufacture. The glaze has flaked a little from the figure's back and in places there are signs this has been "touched up". Looking inside the body shows no breaks or repairs to the pottery. Overall this is a good presentable example.
Note: glazed "Ming" figures, both big and small, should be approached with caution as a great many reproductions have appeared on the market in recent years. This is an opportunity to acquire a GENUINE and sizeable example at low cost.
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