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Chinese Stoneware Funeral Shrine Model and Figure Ming Dynasty

Origin United States
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials stoneware
W. 11 in; H. 17.5 in; D. 8 in;
W. 27.94 cm; H. 44.45 cm; D. 20.32 cm;
Condition Good. General surface wear, patina and oxidation in keeping with the nature of the funeral objects, small losses to the extremes visible in the detail photos.
Creation Date 15-17th century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A stoneware shrine model with a figurine made in Ming Dynasty (15-17th century) in China and used as funeral burial objects. It is not known whether the two objects were originally associated, but they display similar glaze and oxidation and were in the same collection. The stoneware building is an architectural rendering of a typical ancestor shrine used at the time. It features a singe room behind an elaborate front with double doors, under a multiple layered eaves. There are great architectural and decorative details throughout. The green glaze shows a wonderful silvery oxidation, an indication that the piece was buried in the ground. The side appears to be glazed lightly originally and some scrape marks and oxidated glaze residues remains. The back is unglazed. The figure is a typical tomb figurine from the period. Donning a flowing robe, he was probably part of a funeral procession. He was originally holding a staff made of wood, which decayed long ago. The measurement is for the shrine. The figurine is about 8.5" in height.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 387237
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