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Pair of Chinese Ming Dynasty Green Glazed Mingqi Chairs

$9,800per set

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A pair of Chinese Ming Dynasty green glazed Mingqi chairs. Made of terracotta. Ming Dynasty 1368 A.D.–1644 A.D. Originally purchsed from Gracie; original labels on base. One chair with repaired chip on base and minimal non-structural crack; second chair with small chip and crack on base. Dimensions (approximate): Height: 11 inches Width: 7 inches Depth: 6 inches These Mingqi chairs were made specifically for burial purposes to accompany a deceased person into the afterlife during the Ming Dynasty. Burying miniature replicas of furniture, food, houses, granaries, vessels for carrying liquids, animals and a myriad of other objects that were used in daily life during this period were made specifically as grave goods referred to as Mingqi or spirit objects. Burying these objects with the deceased was a practice in China dating back more than two thousand years. Objects such as these miniature glazed chairs would have been buried with the deceased during the Ming period it was believed that objects such as these would ensure that he or she made their journey into the other life with familiar comforts he or she experienced whilst living, thus helping him or her to make the transition less stressful, ensuring a peaceful transition into the afterlife and less likely to become what the Chinese refer to as a “hungry ghost”, meaning, one whose soul is not at peace and may return to the earthly plan to cause mischief and mayhem for the living.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Width: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1600-1609
  • Date of Manufacture
    1600
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. One chair with repaired chip on base and minimal non-structural crack; second chair with small chip and crack on base.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU788715330202

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Hudson, NY
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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