Pair of Ming Dynasty, Chinese, terracotta, 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. Please note, these 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.


SPECIAL NOTE: These pieces are extremely fragile and will require extra care for shipment, including ample bubble wrap and double-boxing. Handling and shipping costs will be higher as a result, and are only estimated at this time. Final calculations will be completed upon sale. Also, we ship via the United States Postal Service. Restrictions on packaging may be imposed depending on your locale.


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




Pair of Ming Dynasty Chinese Terracotta Scholar Figures Statues

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For over 40 years Haig's of Rochester has been a trusted name in Fine Jewelry & Objects of Art. In an 1882 building that he restored, Owner and resident expert, Paul R. Haig, has made Rochester, MI both home and a home base for his business as he serves the community and beyond. His reputation for specializing in Asian antiquities and creating award-winning jewelry designs has won him international acclaim. Whether you're looking for your first diamond or adding to your prized collection, Paul and his team offer a second-to-none shopping experience, with quality gemstones, custom jewelry designs, dependable repair services and a selection of antiques and estate pieces. If you're looking for the truly unique, you'll find it here at Haig's of Rochester. 


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