MAGNIFICENT Ancient Chinese EASTERN HAN DYNASTY TERRACOTTA BOAR - 23 AD. This is a MAGNIFICENT, Large, Museum Quality Ancient Chinese Terracotta Sculpture of a Boar, Eastern Han Dynasty. 23 AD - 220 AD. This superb pottery tomb figure of a boar is standing with a curled tail and rounded ears.
Size: 8 ½" high, 16" long, 5 wide. Condition: Good original ancient condition with encrustations and traces of white pigment, the left front leg has been re-attached. Funerary wares from the Han period provide a fascinating insight into the nature of daily life. There are replicas of complete farms with granaries, animal pens and domestic dwellings.
Sculptures of pigs were frequently buried alongside noble members of society during the Han Dynasty. Sculpted in all media, the pig was a symbol of wealth as well as a staple of the menu for the afterlife.
As was the custom, sculpted effigies of animals were interred as food sources in the next world. While some animals were meant to labor in the next world, others, such as this boar, were clearly meant for consumption.The Han viewed the afterlife as an extension of our earthly lives. Thus, the things that we enjoyed in this world were continually enjoyed in the next. Likewise, as humans require food to nourish and sustain us while on earth, sculpted animals were buried to provide energy in the afterlife. This standing boar appears to comprehend his role in the afterlife. His snarling mouth with subtly suggested fangs reveals his reluctance to be anybody's meal. In fact, the facial structure of this boar is quite reminiscent of snarling terracotta dog sculptures that served the same function. The defined musculature of the beast further emphasizes his power. This striking ancient piece came from a fantastic. Antiquities collection and is GUARANTEED to be genuine and as described. This item was legally imported into the. The item "MAGNIFICENT Ancient Chinese HAN DYNASTY TERRACOTTA BOAR, 23 AD 220 AD" is in sale since Sunday, January 20, 2008. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues".
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