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Coffin Fragment

Object Number:
40-35-4
Current Location:
China Gallery
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Shandong
Period:
Han Dynasty
Date Made:
Han Dynasty
Early Date:
-206
Late Date:
220
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Limestone
Technique:
Low relief
Carved
Iconography:
Horse
Chariot
Birds
Human Figures
Description:
Coffin slab made of limestone. In low relief; three carriages each drawn by one horse and carrying two persons; two men on horseback; a horse-drawn carriage carrying one person; a man on horseback. During the Han Dynasty, the horse was prized for its strength, eventually becoming a status symbol. In tombs, the horse drawn carriage was seen as a transport for the deceased into the afterlife. The inscription, which states, "May this dwelling be used for ten thousand years," [Shih wan nien yung chih] indicated the slab was part of the sarcophagus. Broken to the right of the middle.
Credit Line:
Exchange with Yamanaka and Company

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig.6
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