Selection of Ming Dynasty Horsemen


A finely modelled selection of Chinese Ming Dynasty horsemen statuettes, likely part of a larger group of a parade consisting of musicians and soldiers. The horsemen are rendered in a naturalistic manner, wearing long traditional robes glazed in brown, with red painted conical caps on their heads. Each horseman is featured holding an object with one arm whilst the other is held in front. There are remaining traces of beautiful turquoise and brown sancai glaze on the horse seen across the saddle, blanket and bridle. As customary for larger Ming attendant statues, the figure’s head is detachable. The statue is set on an integral rectangular base. INDIVIDUALLY PRICED.


Date: Circa 1368–1644 AD
Period: Ming Dynasty
Condition: Excellent condition, with original sancai glaze. Earth encrustations cover the surface.
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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. These attendants are excellent examples of Ming Dynasty tomb pottery of this time. Terracotta moulded figures of people and animals were meant to be grave goods to be placed in tombs. It was believed that these figures would serve and assist the deceased in the afterlife. Figures of this type are called mingqi in Chinese, and usually depict servants, officials, soldiers, musicians, court attendants, dancers and, in the case of animals, horses and Bactrian camels. As in life, attendant figures are depicted standing nearby, waiting to fulfil the desires and needs of the deceased.

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