early 8th Century
Overall: 119 x 69 x 10 cm (46 7/8 x 27 3/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1975.63
This slab originally formed the "window" panel of a coffin encasement constructed to resemble a one-story house. The dwarfs bowing respectfully under the vertical lattice window, as well as the court lady and archer engraved on the reverse, reflect the style of contemporary figure painting. Complete structures with similar decor have been excavated from tombs in the Tang imperial cemetery near Sian in northwest China.
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