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Object Number: 40-35-4
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
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
Credit Line:Exchange with Yamanaka & Company, 1940

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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition

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.6View Objects cited in this Publication

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