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Model of a Two-Story Structure

A work made of brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze.


Eastern Han dynasty, 25–220 CE



About this artwork

Burial models attest to the prevalence of multistoried buildings in early imperial China. This two-story structure, simply constructed of clay slabs, has a tile roof and an openwork balcony supported by brackets. Such realistic details are modified by imaginative “squatting-bear” feet. This model may depict a granary, or it may have been assembled with other clay structures to form a residential compound.


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Arts of Asia


Model of a Two-Story Structure


China (Artist's nationality:)

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25 CE–220 CE


Brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze


51.6 × 33.5 × 11.5 cm (20 5/16 × 13 3/16 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

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