These attendants are excellent examples of Ming Dynasty tomb pottery from this period. The glazed sculptures were placed in burial chambers in order to flaunt social status, wealth, and power. The more diverse the processional figures, the more powerful the deceased individual was considered to be.
The Ming dynasty played host to some of China’s most renowned artistic achievements – famed, of course, for its vases, but also works such as Shen Zhou’s ‘Lofty Mount Lu’. The arts flourished in part due to the Ming Dynasty’s economic success.
To discover more about Chinese terracotta statuettes, please visit our relevant blog post: Terracotta Tomb Attendants.