Farm Shed with Grain Mill

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

Date:

Eastern Han dynasty (A.D. 25–220)

Artist:

China

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.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 133

Title

Farm Shed with Grain Mill

Origin

China

Date

25 AD–220 AD

Medium

Brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Rose Movius Palmer

Reference Number

1976.533

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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