29 RED-PAINTED MINGQI OX-CART
NORTHERN QI DYNASTY
L. 39 CMS, 15 ¼ INS
H. 20 CMS, 8 INS
An exceptional red painted pottery ox-cart comprising a fat, realistically modelled ox and a cart with a long roof, large wheels and an aperture at the front.
This object is an example of a mingqi (funerary item), intended to accompany the deceased during the afterlife. For more on the real covered ox-carts of this period see p. 373 in Albert Dien, Six Dynasties Civilisation, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. For an extremely similar pottery example in Beijing’s National Museum of Chinese History – unearthed in 1955 from the tomb of Zhang Susu, Kuangpo, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province – see cat. no. 6-4-11, p. 102 in Exhibition of Chinese History, National Museum of Chinese History, Morning Glory Publishers, 1998.
PROVENANCE: Private English collection.