Chinese tomb attendants, collection of four; probably a family grouping. The set has beautiful orange and yellow Sancai glazed robes and the faces are expressive.
Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) glazed earthenware
Dimensions: Latest 13.25 inches high × 3.25 inches wide x 3 inches deep (34 × 8 × 8 cm)
Condition: Excellent with wear commensurate of age.
The Tang dynasty or Tang Empire was an imperial dynasty ruling China from 618-907, with an interregnum between 690 and 705. It was preceded by the Sui dynasty and followed by the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. Historians generally regard the Tang as a high point in Chinese civilization, and a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Tang territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, rivaled that of the Han dynasty. The Li family founded the dynasty, seizing power during the decline and collapse of the Sui Empire and inaugurating a period of progress and stability in the first half of the dynasty’s rule. The dynasty was formally interrupted during 690-705 when Empress Wu Zetian seized the throne, proclaiming the Wu Zhou dynasty and becoming the only legitimate Chinese empress regnant. The devastating an Lushan Rebellion shook the nation and led to the decline of central authority in the dynasty’s latter half.