Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Holding a Rabbit, Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 10 images

Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Holding a Rabbit, Ming Dynasty 1368-1644

About

Important ancient Chinese zodiac figure holding a rabbit, Ming dynasty, 1368-1644 This interesting zodiac figure is one in a series of 12 tomb figures each brandishing a different animal from the zodiac. Look for other listings offering other animals in our zodiac collection. The statues each hold a different animal and are dressed in long gowns with long sleeves, their hands folded in front of their chests caressing one of the 12 celestial animals of the zodiac. They are beautifully glazed in turqoise and cobalt blue colors a superior feature not often found on these works of art and representative of an important tomb which deserved highest quality pottery representations. Our figure, one from a complete set of 12 zodiac figures, is very interesting in that the figures are extremely detailed and highly glazed in turquoise, dark cobalt blue, and highlighted in red and white cold painted pigments. Most of the original colors remain intact. The zodiac figures were often placed in a north-south direction in coffin Chambers to represent the progress of time. People hoped that such an arrangement would encourage the god to time to guard the tomb. 12 zodiacs are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig or boar. These correspond to the 12 earthly branches and are infrequently found in wealthy tombs of the elite and wealthy ancient Ming Chinese. Dimension: eight inches tall Condition: Superb, all figures are original and intact with finely preserved glazes and pigments. Provenance: Old European collection originally acquired in Hong Kong 1990s and legally imported into the USA. Guarantee: Our figure is guaranteed to be crafted during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). A thermoluminescence TL report sampling accurately confirms age of these sculptures from 500-600 years ago History: The Ming dynasty then known as the Empire of the Great Ming ruled China for 276 years (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. This dynasty has been described as "one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history," and was the last imperial dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese. The English word zodiac derives from zodiacus, the Latin form of the Ancient Greek meaning little animals is the diminutive of zion The name reflects the prominence of animals among the 12 signs. Essentially, the 12 divisions or signs is a celestial system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude , and the position of the Sun at vernal eqinox as the origin of longitude. The zodiac is the circle of 12 30° divisions employed by western astrology and (formerly) astronomy. The western zodiac is centered upon the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Because the divisions are regular, they do not correspond exactly to the boundaries of the 12 constellations after which they are named. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee. Our gallery based in Shelburne, Vermont USA has been dealing in authentic Japanese , Chinese, and fine Asian art, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. The president personally travels to China, Japan and Europe each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity and quality condition.

Details

  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1500
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 8 in. x W 3 in. x D 3 in.H 20.32 cm x W 7.62 cm x D 7.62 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU128927378273
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 7 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

4.9 / 5
Vetted
Gold Seller
1stdibs seller since 2015
Located in Shelburne, VT
More From This Seller
Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Holding a Rabbit, Ming Dynasty 1368-1644
Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Holding...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Pottery
Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac figure holding a RABBIT, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 This interesting zodiac figure is one in a series of twelve (12) tomb figures each brandishing a di...
Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Holding a Sheep, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644
Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Holding...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Ceramic, Pottery
Important Ancient Chinese Zodiac figure holding a SHEEP Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644. This interesting zodiac figure is one in a series of twelve tomb figures each brandishing a differen...
Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Year of PIG, Ming Dynasty 1368-1644
Ancient Chinese Zodiac Figure Year of PIG, Ming...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Furniture
Pottery
Important ancient Chinese Zodiac figure holding a PIG, Ming dynasty, 1368-1644. This interesting zodiac figure is one in a series of twelve (12) tomb figures each brandishing a di...
Important Ancient Chinese Effigy of a Pug Dog, Ming Dynasty 1368-1644
Important Ancient Chinese Effigy of a Pug Dog, ...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Sculptures and Carvings
Limestone
China, a carving of a canine “Pug”, limestone, measures: 38 cm, 15” H, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 CE The hand carved beast shown on its haunches with naturalistic joyful expression and...
You May Also Like
Impressive Terracotta Funerary Procession - Ming Dynasty, China '1368-1644 AD'
Impressive Terracotta Funerary Procession - Min...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Terracotta
Impressive Funeral Ensamble of 10 Terracotta Glazed Figures in green and caramel colors depicting a votive procession with a palanquin, his four carriers, a horse, a stableman, two m...
Asian Chinese Art Antique Ming Dynasty Horse Warrior Figure, circa 1368-1644
Asian Chinese Art Antique Ming Dynasty Horse Wa...
Antique 16th Century Chinese Antiquities
Pottery
A Ming dynasty figure of a horse with standing warrior The pottery figure of a horse with standing bearded warrior with outstretched arm On a rectangular base the pottery glazed in...
Magnificent Set of 3 Elegant Court Attendants - Ming Dynasty, China 1368-1644 AD
Magnificent Set of 3 Elegant Court Attendants -...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Terracotta
A magnificent set of 3 graceful terracotta figurines from the Ming Dynasty '1368-1644' AD. These elegant courtiers are standing over a high hexagonal plinth and wears fine robes in v...
6 Elegant Ming Dynasty Court Attendants in Glazed Terracotta, China 1368-1644 AD
6 Elegant Ming Dynasty Court Attendants in Glaz...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Terracotta
A fine set of a six court attendants as in the Forbidden City of Beijing, elegantly dressed in a Green & Red Daopao – a traditional men’s formal attire from the Ming Dynasty dated 13...
Magnificent Court Attendants in Terracotta - Ming Dynasty, China 1368-1644 AD TL
Magnificent Court Attendants in Terracotta - Mi...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Terracotta
A magnificent pair of male and female courtiers from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) in excellent condition. They are wearing traditional Daopao robes in green and black garments wit...
Ming Dynasty Celestial Deity Head Carved in Stone - China '1368-1644 AD'
Ming Dynasty Celestial Deity Head Carved in Sto...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Stone
Wonderful celestial deity head with a jovial expression in stone with a finely engraved cap. It is mounted on a custom lucite base. This piece is accompanied by a Certificate of Au...
Lady Guanyin Bodhisattva Gilded Wood Carving - Ming Dynasty, China 1368-1644 AD
Lady Guanyin Bodhisattva Gilded Wood Carving - ...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Wood
Magnificent Lady Guanyin Bodhisattva seated in Royal Relaxation pose hand-carved in Gilded Wood with traces of paint still visible. This expressive piece is accompanied by Certific...
Stunning Set of 3 Elegant Court Attendants - Ming Dynasty, China 1368-1644 AD TL
Stunning Set of 3 Elegant Court Attendants - Mi...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Antiquities
Terracotta
A magnificent trio of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) court attendants. They wear traditional Daopao Style robes in various blue and red hues. The male attendant being slightly taller at...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries