A Han Dynasty Mingqi Stoneware Model of a Horse and Rider c.1st Century B.C. to 2nd Century A.D.

A Mingqi miniature stoneware model of a horse and rider, Late Western Han or Eastern Han c.1st century B.C. to 2nd century A.D. Simply made from a two piece press-mould with the mould-line clearly showing. The dense grey stoneware is covered with a dark yellow-amber glaze.


Restored ; the horses man has been reconstructed. The head of the rider and the horses mouth have been re-stuck and restored.
Height : 6.5 cm (2 1/2 inches)
Tai Sing Fine Antiques, Hong Kong 14th of October 2000. From the collection of early Chinese ceramics belonging to Professor Gordon Michael Besser FRCP FMedSci (born 22 January 1936) is a British medical doctor. He is emeritus Professor of Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and an expert of endocrinology and diabetes.
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Mingqi Pottery :
The term Mingqi denotes items made exclusively for the tomb, these objects are sometimes fully functional, where as others are made as models to represent functional or spiritual objects. Most Han Mingqi Pottery consists of copies of bronze or lacquer vessels or are models of architecture forms, figures or animals. Food was an important element of Han burials, as with ancient Egypt, foodstuffs were believed to provide sustenance for the next life. Richer tombs were generously supplied with raw agricultural products.

From the collection of Gordon Michael Besser FRCP FMedSci (born 22 January 1936)