WarriorArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date581-618Medium & Supportearthenware with glazeDimensions
14 in x 5 1/16 in x 3 1/4 in (35.56 cm x 12.86 cm x 8.25 cm)Credit LineGift of John Schloss
An earthenware straw-colored glazed mingqi
(明器), or "bright object", figure of a military official of the Sui dynasty (581-617).
The presence of a military official within the tomb would offer protection to the deceased as well as indicate their wealth and high status. It would have been part of a larger set of figures that could have included civil officials, guardian figures, horses and grooms, camels and riders, generally all in pairs.
Since the Qin dynasty (221 - 206 BCE), ceramic figures have been used to replace human sacrifice in burial practices as a way to provide for the deceased. The number of ceramic mingqi
items in a tomb could reach numbers of a few to several hundred objects.Physical Description
An earthenware standing figure of a military official or warrior, wearing armor that includes a helmet, elbow-length gauntlets, a cuirass with plaques, and taces, worn over a long tunic, loose pants, and boots. The arm is raised to hold a weapon. The top half is covered in a straw-colored glaze. One of a pair with 1997/2.25.Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object Typefunerary sculptureAdditional Object Classification(s)CeramicCollection AreaAsianRights
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