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Rectangular Wellhead

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

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  • A work made of gray earthenware with molded decoration.

Date:

Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), 1st century B.C./A.D.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

The slits cut into opposite sides of this wellhead (a structure that covers a well) were originally fitted with beams to support the roof. The sides visible here depict creatures of this world and the hereafter: a tiger, a camel, and an archer (perhaps an immortal) aiming at a dragon. The back is molded with a dragon and tiger.

On View

Arts of Asia, Gallery 133

Title

Rectangular Wellhead

Origin

China

Date

Made 99 BCE–99 CE

Medium

Gray earthenware with molded decoration

Dimensions

24.0 × 16.5 × 12.0 cm (9 7/16 × 6 1/2 × 4 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Pauline Palmer Wood

Reference Number

1972.1263

Extended information about this artwork

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