Chinese Han Dynasty Wild Boar
ca.206 B.C. – 200 A.D.
Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty terracotta figure of a wild boar. Original colour pigments still brightly visible showing black coloured skin and a white crest.
This is one of the many “Mingqi” or “spirit objects” which were placed in tombs, depending on the age of the deceased, the cause of death, and the deceased’s marital and social status. Mingqi served to provide the deceased with necessities and comforts in the afterlife and they were also thought to harmonize the cosmos by striking a balance for the comfort of the deceased who is also comforted in heaven. In this case, the wild boar, represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity.
Very Good Condition, Intact. Size: H:225mm / W:336mm ; 3400g