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Model of Stove

A work made of gray earthenware with molded relief decoration.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gray earthenware with molded relief decoration.


Eastern Han dynasty, 25–220 CE



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Under Han rule, tombs came to represent earthly dwellings whose furnishings illuminate many aspects of domestic life. Burial models of stoves may have carried additional significance, as offerings were made to the hearth god during seasonal rites and festivities. This model is particularly well equipped. One end shows a fire door; the top has holes for caldrons or steamers and molded decoration of seafood, dishes, and cooking utensils—trays, bowls, eared cups, and skewers.


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Arts of Asia


Model of Stove


China (Artist's nationality:)

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25 CE–220 CE


Gray earthenware with molded relief decoration


33.5 × 24.7 × 13.5 cm (13 3/16 × 9 3/4 × 5 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer

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