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A Chinese Polychrome-Glazed Attendant, Ming Dynasty, ca 1368-1644 AD

AT1401

shown standing on an integrated hexagonal base, wearing court dress of black, ochre and green, his right arm raised, the left by his side.

Background:  Renowned for ceramics and porcelains,  The Ming dynasty, also Empire of the Great Ming, was the ruling dynasty of China for 276 years (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. The Ming, described by some as "one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history," was the last dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese. Literature, painting, poetry, music, and Chinese opera of various types, flourished during the Ming dynasty, Attendant figurines where of high importance to the Chinese as they represented one who guards, looks after, or serves an important person; a servant especially in the economically prosperous lower Yangzi valley.

Condition:  The surface with some minor glaze flaking, small nicks and wear as expected that does not detract; otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. 

Dimensions: Height: 12 inches (30.5 cm)

Provenance:  Private NY collection, acquired in the 1970's.



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