Sancai man and woman

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Ming Dynasty, 16th century
Sancai glazed pottery
46.5 cm

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The male figure is holding an amber and green glazed towel, and the female figure is holding a covered box. Both figures are covered in green and amber glazes, and stand on hexagonal plinths. They are wearing long skirts, with a jacket, the man has a cone-shaped hat and the woman wears a decorated ribbon in her raised hair.

This type of ceramics is named Sancai, literally ‘three colours’. A white body with the characteristic green, amber and white lead-glaze is fired in kilns up to 900℃. The lead-oxide in the glaze, and added copper and iron, influenced the striking colours.

Height man: 43.5 cm, height woman: 46.5 cm.


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