202 BC–AD 220
Earthenware with relief decoration
Overall: 10 x 27.7 x 1.4 cm (3 15/16 x 10 7/8 x 9/16 in.)
Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1925.138
Han dynasty tombs were often furnished with grave goods to provide the deceased with items for the afterlife.
Han dynasty tombs were often furnished with grave goods to provide the deceased with items for the afterlife. This panel with a dragon was part of a miniature pottery stove to be placed in a burial chamber. The dragon is an auspicious creature and an animal of the cardinal directions that protects the east.
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