Ming Dynasty (1368-1644CE) Pottery Set of Chinese Zodiac Animal Attendants
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Important ancient Chinese complete collection of 12 animal head sculptures, representative of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac (“circle of little animals”). Ming dynasty (1368-1644), 9″ h., pottery, well preserved original handpainting and glazing. Included in this intriguing and charming collection is the Rooster, just in time for the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster, starting January 28, 2017!
This interesting Attendant set is the first one with animal heads we’ve ever seen dating to the Ming dynasty. Normally zodiac figures from the Ming dynasty have human heads and they hold the animal in their hands. These statues have animal heads and human bodies, and are dressed in long gowns with long sleeves, their hands folded in front of their chests.