About This Artwork

China; probably from Henan province

Pigsty and Latrines, Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), 1st century B.C./A.D.

Gray earthenware with stamped decoration
40.6 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm (16 x 8 1/2 x 11 in.)

Gift of Bertha Palmer Thorne, 1971.867

Han grave goods extended to the most mundane aspects of rural life. As illustrated here, latrines were customarily built above a pigsty and connected by pipes to a cesspool. Stylistically, this well-constructed tomb object corresponds to models excavated in Huixian, Henan province.

— Permanent collection label

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