Earthenware with impressed relief decoration
Overall: 12.4 x 18.2 x 1.7 cm (4 7/8 x 7 3/16 x 11/16 in.)
Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1925.139
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. Four earthenware panels were made in molds and then joined together to make a miniature model of a stove, which was placed in a burial chamber. The four sides show the animals of the cardinal directions.
Two snake-entwined turtles designate the north, and here flank an archway that simulates the opening for fueling the stove. Above the arch perches a raven, which is identified with the sun, perhaps depicted here to denote the heat issuing from the false opening.
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