Chinese Ming Dynasty Ming qi Funerary Objects
Chinese Ming Dynasty 1368 AD – 1644 AD
Chinese Ming Dynasty Ming qi Funerary Objects also referred to as spirit objects were made especially for burial purposes to accompany those into the afterlife. This practice was highly popular during the Han Dynasty after which the practice of burying objects with the deceased went into a decline.
During the Ming dynasty (1368 A.D.-1644A.D.) there was a revival in placing miniature representations of glazed terracotta objects such a furniture, food offerings, farm animals, horses, miniature statues of male and female attendants and many other objects into the burial chamber alongside the departed.
Almost any object that was used in daily life during this period was re-created in miniature form especially for burial purposes; although other objects which served a utilitarian function were also used in burial chambers.
Representations of food, animal, houses, cooking vessels and many other objects that were used or enjoyed by the deceased when living were also made as offerings to accompany them into the other world. It is thought that familiar objects would ease their way and give them comfort when entering into the after life.
Mingqi objects that accompanied the deceased often reflected their status in life. Those of royal status or high ranking officials would be accompanied with more luxurious items such as gold and jade jewellery or ornaments made from precious metals.