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Ancient China  3,500 B.C. - 1,500 A.D.

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Edward B. Wright Collection

Medieval Material


 Warring States / Zhou Dynasty China 9th Century B.C.3.25 in. Long x 1.5 in. Wide. Greyish - Green nephrite Jade Arc Shaped Pendant, Huang


A bronze vessel, dating to Han dynasty, unearthed in Henan province, there are some remains of tea  nearly petrified inside the vessel. Han Dynasty [206 B.C. to 220 A.D.]

8 in. wide x 4 in. Tall



These delightful painted pottery sculptures are part of a large group of figures found in a Tang Dynasty (618-907A.D.) tomb near the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi Province in central China. They are both playing musical instruments - the one on the right cymbals and the one on the left some kind of wind instrument that we have not been able to identify.  Tombs of this era were like underground bunkers with a sloping entranceway from the surface. Around the casket in the main chamber of the tomb would be placed pottery figures that would replicate for the afterlife the life of this world. Often over the years the tombs would collapse and the sculptures when found centuries later would usually be quite broken. Though dirt seeped into the tomb in which these pieces were found the tomb did not collapse and these pieces are in remarkably good condition. They are very much as they were when placed in the tomb more than 1200 years ago. Each figure is 15" high and approximately 12" long.




A magnificent rare Ming Dynasty green glazed jar with lotus leaf & flower lid. A beautiful raised symmetrical foliate design has been carved & molded out of the pottery before glazing & runs the circumference of the jar at the base of the neck. The lid has been crafted into the shape of a large lotus leaf with a flower & stalk as the handle on top.The jar is glazed inside and out, with only the base, & the top of the rim unglazed. The underside of the lid is also unglazed.

SIZE: 300mm High (12 inches)







DESCRIPTION: An exceptionally rare straw colored (or pale yellow/green) glazed figure, dating to China's Sui Dynasty, over 1380 years ago. There is a small pierced hole in his right hand, as though he were originally clenching something, possibly a sword or spear made of wood, which has since degraded & is now lost.

SIZE: 395mm high (15.8 inches).

Origin : Southwestern China, Sichuan area
Period & Style : circa 14th century, Yuan dynasty, or earlier
Material : sandstone
Size & Weight : H. 16.53in. (42cm.)


This stone carving was found in Sichuan area, China, the carving skill was influenced by :
a. Sichuan area special alive sculpture style from Han dynasty.
b. Buddhism art, the base has a lotus decor.
c. Taoism art and Chinese folk art, all the style, actually is a folk Taoism worship figure.
d. Chinese Southwestern people life style, please see the dress.
The worship of Children  patron can be traced far to the ancient times in China, in an agricultural society, to protect  children from the against of devil was a very important ritual in a Chinese family.

Ming Dynasty Duck Ewer 1368 to 1644 A.D.

This green colored pottery figure molded in the form of a duck, with strap handle applied to the back. The wings, legs, and eyes with incised details. Covered all over with a translucent green glaze, the interior of the base left unglazed. On the duck’s back is an opening to fill the ewer, while the duck’s beak is formed with an opening to allow liquids to be poured. The handle with a glaze gap as fired. Length overall is 11 ˝ Inches. Height is 7 Inches.

Song Dynasty Vase

ChingPai was a very popular Chinese glaze developed during the Song Dynasty (10th-12th century). It is also known as Ying Ching glaze. This jar is a massive piece of sculptured stoneware. It has The Twelve Zodiac Figures around the first pie crust rim, and a large molded dragon writhing around the upper neck. With all the delicate ceramic details on this highly decorated piece.

The individual faces of the figures are clearly discernable, as is that of the dragon. During the early part of this century, when electricity was a novelty, many of these large Song jars were made into lamps. This one has escaped that fate. Height is 23 ˝ inches.

This is a magnificent high quality rare large painted pottery Bactrian camel with Taotie Mask saddle bags on its back, dating to China's Tang Dynasty (618 to 906 AD). The camel is standing four square on a rectangular plinth, the tail curled around the right flank, head raised, pointing forward with its mouth closed. The saddle bags are draped across its back between the two humps, each side is decorated with a Taotie mask (monster face).

SIZE: 460mm high (18.4 inches).



Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
A Ming Dynasty horse on a Plinth. 17 in. Tall by 16.5 in. Wide. With Saddle and Blanket done in a Green and Yellow Glaze


Ming Dynasty Burial House done in a Green, Tan  and Yellow Glaze 15.25 in. Tall by 10 in. Wide
Ming Dynasty 1368-1644

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