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Farm Shed with Grain Mill

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

This humble-looking burial model illustrates two notable inventions in engineering and architecture that were in used widely during the Han dynasty. The rotary mill, worked by a pedal-operated hammer, was used to prepare grain for flour. The shed that encloses it has a deeply overhanging tile roof supported by a wood column with projecting bracket arms. This type of bracketing, which transferred the weight of the roof to the column, became an increasingly important feature of later Chinese buildings.


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Arts of Asia


Farm Shed with Grain Mill


China (Artist's nationality:)

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25 CE–220 CE


Brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze


17.8 × 19.4 × 27.3 cm (7 × 7 5/8 × 10 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Rose Movius Palmer

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