AGE: – Ming Dynasty 1368 A.D. – 1644 A.D.
CONSTRUCTION: – Terracotta (will sell each separately)
HEIGHT: – 17.5cm
WIDTH: – 6cm
DEPTH: – 5.5cm
WEIGHT:– 400gms each
#60 – PRICE: CONTACT
Chinese Ming Dynasty Terracotta Zodiac Figures
These Chinese Ming Dynasty Terracotta Zodiac Figures are a partial set of tomb objects referred to as “Ming qi” or “spirit objects”, made during the Ming Dynasty specifically for burial purposes. Each of the figures holds an animal related to one of the 12 zodiac animals found in the Chinese zodiac.
These figures are representative of officials, each holding a different animal, one holds a dog whilst the others are holding a rabbit, rat, and monkey. The male figures are thought to be high priests or dignitaries dressed in the attire of that period. Figures such as these were made for funerary purposes to accompany a deceased person into the afterlife with each animal imparting their own special attributes to the departed in the afterlife.
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