Important ancient Imperial China Ming military horse rider brandishing an unusual form of medieval grenade, a Chinese invention, 1368-1644.
Crafted in stunning turquoise and cobalt blue color glazes.
The man and his steed is part of a small group of fine quality glazed figurines recently available from an old European collection and originally collected in Hong Kong in the 1990s. Look for other listings offering more important works from this fine collection.
The pleasant faced man are dressed in a tunic with long sleeves, his hands in front while seated erect in their horse’ saddle and clutching a grenade armament- glazed tomb attribute. The horse standing four square and well decorated with bridle and ornaments of the period. The whole is beautifully glazed in stunning turquoise and cobalt blue colors – including highlights in original red and black cold painted pigments, a superior feature not often found on these works of art and representative of an important tomb which deserved highest quality pottery votive representations. The head is attachable as often seen on the largest figures from this period.
Important large-scale sculptures such as this one were placed in tombs of the elite and wealthy as significant accompaniment in the afterlife.
Blue and turquoise glazed sculptures from the Ming period are genuinely rarer particularly in this Fine quality.
Condition: Superb, completely original and intact with finely preserved glazes and pigments.
Only one available from this collection.
Dimension: 12.25 inches tall
Provenance: Old European collection originally acquired in Hong Kong 1990s and legally imported into the USA.
Guarantee: Our figure is guaranteed to be crafted during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). A thermoluminescence TL report sampling of several horses from this collection accurately confirms age of these sculptures from 500-600 years ago.
The Ming dynasty then known as the Empire of the Great Ming ruled China for 276 years (1368-1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. This dynasty has been described as one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history and was the last imperial dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese.
Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our lifetime authenticity guarantee.
Our gallery based in Shelburne, Vermont USA has been dealing in authentic Japanese , Chinese, and fine Asian art, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. The president personally travels to China, Japan and Europe each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity and quality condition.
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