Ming Dynasty Green-glazed Attendants & Palanquin


A set of green-glazed Chinese Ming dynasty earthenware figures, together with a green glazed palanquin. Each figure has been styled in long, flowing robes which are vivid green in colour. Additional features (including the attendants’ sashes, hair ties, and clothing) have been accented in a deep amber yellow. Their hair is tied into an elaborate top-knot and painted black. The dull-coloured hair and other areas left bare would have been ‘cold-painted’ after firing, to contrast with the vividness of the fired green and amber pigments. The palanquin is also coloured in a dark green glaze, with dark yellow accents and a black roof.

Figures: 19.1cm height x 5.2cm width

N.B. Price is per set.

Date: Circa 1368–1644 AD
Period: Ming Dynasty
Condition: very good, with bright vivid glaze and additional cold-painted detailing still remaining. Some loss of pigment. Fragment from base of palanquin missing. See photos for details.


These figures would have been displayed amongst the processional group within a tomb, most likely before a sedan chair or palanquin and before the musician figures. They would have served a ceremonial purpose – to announce the arrival of the tomb occupant. The palanquin, likewise, would have been used in the next life, carrying the deceased on his journey.

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 culture’s artistic explosion can be in part explained by the Ming dynasty’s economic success.

To discover more about Chinese terracotta statuettes, please visit our relevant blog post: Terracotta Tomb Attendants.



Weight 3000 g
Dimensions W 14 x H 35 cm



Pottery and Porcelain


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