12 zodiacs are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig or boar. These correspond to the 12 earthly branches and are infrequently found in wealthy tombs of the elite and wealthy ancient Ming Chinese. Dimension: eight inches tall Condition: Superb, all figures are original and intact with finely preserved glazes and pigments.
Provenance: Old European collection originally acquired in Hong Kong 1990s and legally imported into the USA. A thermoluminescence TL report sampling accurately confirms age of these sculptures from 500-600 years ago History: The Ming dynasty then known as the Empire of the Great Ming ruled China for 276 years 1368? 1644 following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. This dynasty has been described as "one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history, " and was the last imperial dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese. The English word zodiac derives from zodiacus, the Latin form of the Ancient Greek meaning little animals is the diminutive of zion The name reflects the prominence of animals among the 12 signs.Essentially, the 12 divisions or signs is a celestial system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude , and the position of the Sun at vernal eqinox as the origin of longitude. The zodiac is the circle of 12 30° divisions employed by western astrology and (formerly) astronomy. The western zodiac is centered upon the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.
The paths of the moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Because the divisions are regular, they do not correspond exactly to the boundaries of the 12 constellations after which they are named.
Schneible Fine Arts have been dealing in authentic ancient Chinese and Japanese antiquities, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. Schneible personally travels to China and Japan each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples.
He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity and quality condition. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee. The item "Important ancient Chinese zodiac figure holding a PIG, Ming dynasty, 1368-164" is in sale since Saturday, January 20, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues". The seller is "drachm" and is located in Shelburne, Vermont.This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay, Canada.