Top Story of a Tower (Tomb Model)

A work made of earthenware with green lead glaze.
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  • A work made of earthenware with green lead glaze.

Date:

Eastern Han dynasty (A.D.25–220)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

As burial practices filtered down from the Han aristocracy to officials and landowners, tomb models related to farming, an honored occupation, became increasingly popular. These models provide rough but lively impressions of rural compounds. The granary, used to store millet, barley, and wheat, was depicted either as a jar or as a small building. This building combines realistic and imaginative details: angular brackets support a tiled roof with ridgepoles and roundels and crowned with an oversize bird and floral roof ends.

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Asian Art

Title

Top Story of a Tower (Tomb Model)

Origin

China

Date

25 AD–220 AD

Medium

Earthenware with green lead glaze

Dimensions

44.5 × 37.5 × 38.0 cm (17 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 14 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1924.227

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