Miniature Celestial Altar

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$880 USD
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Dimensions
W: 8.75" D: 5.25" H: 5.0"
Materials
Ceramic
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Collection #
BJB046E
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$50

This miniature ceramic altar table is a form of mingqi, burial offerings to ensure the pleasures of daily life even in the afterlife. Mingqi often take the shape of servants, dancers, musicians, concubines, horses, and furniture. This petite mingqi depicts a celestial altar table, which may once have been set with offerings of fruit, incense, and scrolls. This curious example could have provided a means to honor ancestors. Note how the artist paid attention to the offering table's design, shaping it with inset legs and stepped spandrels, in line with traditional Chinese furniture. The free-flowing application of green glaze on the table's sides could date this piece as early as the Tang dynasty (618-906).

This piece is priced as is at $880 due to significant restoration to the leg.

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