A large number of attendants have been found in ancient Chinese graves, indicating the need for continued assistance in the afterlife. As in life, attendant figures are depicted standing nearby, waiting to fulfil the desires and needs of the deceased.
The Ming dynasty played host to some of China’s most renowned artistic achievements – famed, of course, for its vases, but also works such as Shen Zhou’s ‘Lofty Mount Lu’. The culture’s artistic explosion can be in part explained by the Ming dynasty’s economic success.
To discover more about Chinese terracotta statuettes, please visit our relevant blog post: Terracotta Tomb Attendants.