Very Elegant Tang Dynasty Dignitary in Orange Terracotta, China ‘618-907 AD’


Elegant Standing Court Dignitary with Joined Hands in Blue Robes and Bird Headdress. Polychrome Traces


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Very elegant terracotta dignitary in blue and red robes standing with the hands joined at the chest. He wears a blue headdress with a bird at its center. Orange Terracotta

This gorgeous piece is accompanied by the following documents:
– European Passport
– Certificate of Expertise by Jean-Yves Nathan – a leading authority specialized in Far East Archaeology from the CEDEA (The European Confederation of Art Experts).
– Certificate of Authenticity by Muzeion Gallery

Burial figurines of graceful dancers, mystical beasts, and everyday objects reveal both how people in early China approached death and how they lived. Since people viewed the afterlife as an extension of worldly life, these figurines, called mingqi, sometimes referred as “spirit utensils” or “vessels of ghosts” disclose details of routine existence and provide insights into belief systems over a thousand-year period.

When China was unified again, first briefly under the Sui and then under the long and prosperous Tang, mingqi truly resurged as a part of elaborate tombs. Tang mingqi integrated the guardian figures and pack animals of the Northern and Southern Dynasties, but also incorporated the many international influences that were popular during this time of stability and expansion. Following Han dynasty traditions, Tang mingqi frequently take the form of musicians, dancers, and servants in clay, but are ornamented with sancai (three-color) glaze, an artistic influence that was transmitted from Central Asia along the Silk Road. Foreigners were also frequently depicted, reflecting a cosmopolitan society that embraced exchanges with other groups and cultures.

Additional information

Weight 11.7 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 5.5 × 24 in