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Pair of Ming Dynasty, Chinese, terra cotta, male, scholar figures/statues which were often placed within tombs in order to entertain and care for the departed person within their afterlife.


Standing tall, these two figures have been cast from a similar mold after which they were stylized with arms raised/lowered, and objects needed within the afterlife placed into their hands. Their heads and faces were made individually then affixed to the neck with cement. They have been painted and glazed with polychrome pigments and show an overall patina of antiquity, along with stylized details.


One figure wears a tall, red hat with a rounded top. His hand is reaching out, and his face bears traces of white pigment. The other figure, wearing a tall, flat-top, black hat, holds a hat within his hands. Like the other, his face bears traces of white pigment. Both figures/statues are hollow.


This figure/statue shows signs of wear commensurate with age including natural fractures. Additionally, there is a chip to the left shoulder of the figure wearing the black hat.


*PLEASE NOTE: due to size and/or fragility this item is recommended for local pickup. If you are interested in shipping options please message us for a customized quote.


Dimensions: 15.5” x 5.5” x 4” (black hat); 16.5” x 7.5” x 5” (red hat)

Pair of Ming Dynasty Chinese Terra Cotta Scholar Figure Statues

SKU: 700-03628
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