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Tomb figure

Tomb figure

  • Place of origin:

    China (north, made)

  • Date:

    1500-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with green lead glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 7, shelf 3

Physical description

Tomb figure, one of three figures from the retinue of a Ming official. Standing figure on rectangular plinth, of a man wearing a high domed hat and a long loose coat, with an object (perhaps a bell) hung from his left wrist. Both arms are bent at the below. The upper part of the coat and a wide band down the back and front below the waist are covered with green glaze, the remainder of the figure being unglazed.

Place of Origin

China (north, made)


1500-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with green lead glaze


Height: 21.6 cm (At maximum point)

Descriptive line

Tomb figure, one of three figures from a tomb retinue, stoneware with green lead glaze, north China, Ming dynasty, 1500-1600

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose ed. Chinese art and design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1991, p. 69, Fig. 24.


Stoneware; Lead glaze



Subjects depicted

Figures; Men


ELISE; Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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