Set of Five Eastern Wei Musicians

c. 534-549
$2,880 $5,780 USD
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W: 2.0" D: 2.0" H: 8.0"
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This set of five unglazed earthenware musicians was excavated in China's Hebei province, and has been dated to the Eastern Wei dynasty (534-550). The musicians are mingqi burial figures intended to accompany a spirit to the afterlife. Depicting the pleasures of daily life, mingqi were offerings to ensure special treatment, often in the form of servants, dancers, musicians, concubines, and horses. Mingqi became less common during the tumultuous Six Dynasties period (220-589), making this set an unusual find. With drums at their waists, these expressive musicians stand ready to jump into song and dance.

TL Certificate No. C206d8. Only one figure tested.

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