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$ 2,500

Han Dynasty Model of a Well Head

Origin China
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials Terracotta
W. 9.5 in; H. 17.5 in; D. 8.5 in;
W. 24.13 cm; H. 44.45 cm; D. 21.59 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
Creation Date 206 BC – 220 AD
Description Grey terracotta with red slip, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Northern China, Yellow River Valley. During the Han period, many artifacts and effigies were buried in preparation for the afterlife. The burial of genuine articles made from metal or stone were banned but clay replicas were permitted. According to Han belief, the collection of buried articles had to reflect and indicate the identity of the person buried in the tomb but did not need to be literally life-sized or functional. Consequently, potential grave-robbers had little incentive to take the risk and make the effort required. Many tombs collapsed over the centuries and others filled with mud. Many, however, remained intact and were only discovered in the 1990s and 2000s due to excavations for modern buildings, many of which require very deep foundations.
Styles / Movements Ancient Art, Asian, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number Han Dynasty Well Head DVT
Incollect Reference Number 409702
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