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Chinese Ming Dynasty Tomb Funeral Pottery Bed Model

$ 3,600
  • Description
    A Chinese stoneware day bed model circa Ming dynasty (15th-17th century). The miniature models were traditionally made as burial offering objects. Pottery models of daily life necessities such as furniture, foods and wine bottles, even servants, musicians, and whole fleet of theater troops were placed with the deceased in the tomb for their afterlife. This practice became popular in Tang dynasty and persisted to the Ming Dynasty. The tomb stoneware tends to be relatively coarsely made and glazed in green and yellow, sometimes also blue colors. They are charming for their vernacular and realistic style and provide a snapshot window to the life of the contemporary society in terms of the furnishing, utensils as well as dresses etc.
    The throne-like bed, sometimes called Luhan bed, was an important piece of furniture and widely used in the sitting room of the affluent Ming household. It served as a settee and day bed, and often a small low table is placed in the middle. The bed model features the wood construction in detail including the slab base, the surrounding frieze panels, the foot stool, exposed joints and corner brackets. There are holes of the four corners on the bed, probably used to hold canopy made from wood and fabrics, but the organic material has since desegrated in the tomb. The surface of the bed was decorated in green and yellow glaze and the top was left unglazed. Underside the base is unglazed, exposing the fired clay.
  • More Information
    Origin: China
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: ceramic
    Condition: Good. Fine condition with minor surface wear and small scattered chips and crackle lines throughout. Earth residues in the bottom recesses. All as shown in the photos.
    Creation Date: 15-17th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Asian/Oriental, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 669731
  • Dimensions
    W. 12 in; H. 7 in; Diam. 8 in;
    W. 30.48 cm; H. 17.78 cm; Diam. 20.32 cm;
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