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Han Dynasty Earthenware Jar

Han Dynasty Earthenware Jar
Height: 36cm
Circumference widest part: 69cm
Mouth Diam: 11cm
Base Diam: 13cm
Weight: 3kg
#62

Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Tri Coloured Jar

Tang Dynasty Amber Sancai Tri-coloured Jar
Height: 34cm
Base Diam: 13.5cm
Top Diam: 11.5cm
Circumference: 83cm
#413

Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Turtle

Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Turtle
Height: 14cm
Length: 38cm>br /> Width: 26cm
#61a

Side 2 Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Ding

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Terracotta Ding
Height: 12cm
Circumference: 20.5cm
Weight: 2.4kg.
#60c

Chinese Tang Dynasty Mingqi Camel

Chinese Tang Dynasty Mingqi Funerary Camel
Height: 42cm
Width: 18cm
Length: 36cm
Weight: 4.10kg.
#1246

Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware Ding Vessel

Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware Ding Vessel
Height: 24cm
Diameter: 29cm
Weight: 5.5cm
#58

Chinese Earthenware Han Dynasty Mingqi Vessel 3

Chinese Earthenware Han Dynasty Mingqi Vessel
Height: 49cm
Weight: 6.2kg
#4388

Chinese Neolithic Dawenkou Earthenware Vessel

Chinese Neolithic Dawenkou Culture Earthenware Vessel
Height: 35.5cm
Circumference: 69cm
Base Diameter: 13cm
Weight: 2.95 kg.
#432

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Earthenware Lidded Stemmed Bowl

Chinese han Dynasty Mingqi Earthenware Lidded Bowl
Height: 24cm
Diameter: 27.5cm
Base Diameter: 8cm
Weight: 1.55kg
#432

Chinese Tang Dynasty Mingqi Ox & Cart

Chinese Tang Dynasty Funerary Ox & Cart
Height: 18cm
Width: 22cm
Length: 36cm
Weight: 2.35kg.
#431

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Lidded Ding

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Funerary Objects - Lidded vessel
Height: 21cm
Diameter: 18cm
Weight: 2.15 Kg.
#426

Side 2 Han Dynasty Mingqi

Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware vessel
Height: 27cm
Weight: 2.85 kg.
#425

Chinese Han Dynasty Ming Qi Funerary Objects

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Earthenware Granary
Height: 38cm
Circumference: 65cm
Weight: 3.45 kg.
#441B

Han Dynasty Chinese Earthenware Mingqi Funerary Vessel

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Earthenware Vessel
Height: 48cm
Base Diam: 19cm
Weight: 5.4 kg.
#49a

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Funerary Vessel & Lid

Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Funerary Vessel
Height: 13.5cm
Width: 17cm
Weight: 1.5 Kg.
#42a

Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Tripod Vessel

Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Tripod vessel
Height: 29cm
Circumference widest part: 66cm
Weight: 2.1 Kg.
#41a

Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Lidded Vessel

Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Lidded Vessel
Height: 17cm
Diameter: 29cm
Weight: 4.8 Kg.
#63

Han Dynasty Chinese Mingqi Cacoon Jar

Han Dynasty Chinese Mingqi Cocoon Jar
Height: 30cm
Width: 34cm
Depth: 21cm
Weight: 2.75 Kg.
#10a

Chinese Miniature Sancai Ming Qi Vase

Chinese Miniature Tang Dynasty Sancai Ming Qi Vase
Height: 8cm
Base Diameter: 3cm
Circumference Widest Part: 15cm
#432

Han Dynasty 206 B.C. – 220 A.D.

Chinese Han Dynasty Ming qi Funerary Objects

Chinese Han Dynasty Ming qi Funerary Objects

Chinese Han Dynasty Ming qi Funerary Objects – a popular form of ritual which involved placing miniature or life size objects that were used, eaten, enjoyed or represented the importance of a person or animal to the departed soul whilst still alive. These objects accompanied him or her into the burial chamber to bring comfort and familiarity on their journey into the afterlife.

It was, and still is strongly believed by the Chinese that there is an afterlife, and that the deceased should enjoy the same respect and care given to him or her when they were alive, into the afterlife. Ancestor worship is still vibrant in China and practiced by the Chinese in many others parts of South East Asia today.

Some belief systems aimed to prolong life, others to provide for a continuation of life in the tomb, still others assumed the presence of immortal kingdoms to which the soul was transported. The Chinese distinguished two different elements of the soul Hun and Po. In the physical life Hun was the intellectual or spiritual soul, Po dealt with the energy and movement of the physical body.

After death these two elements of the soul would separate, Po stays with the body after death and Hun leaves the body after death.

The material comforts which were enjoyed in the lifetime of the departed were placed inside the burial chamber with the departed, ensuring that they were provided for in death in much the same way they were provided for in life. Almost anything one can imagine was crafted specifically for burial in miniature or life size form to provide all the comforts and enjoyments the departed experienced on the earthly plane.

A variety of ming qi objects such as earthenware or terracotta vessels which held wine or water, or those that may have been used in rituals, cooking vessels, miniature replica animal forms that would have been used for traveling or work, such as the camel, horse or bullock or farm animals that may have been used in agriculture.

During the Han Dynasty Ming qi funerary objects were mostly made in both  miniature and life size form. During the Qin dynasty just prior to the Han Dynasty the first emperor executed thousands of life size replicas of soldiers, horses and chariots to accompany him into the afterlife. The most famous examples are the terracotta army.

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