25–220 CE
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The dog's muzzle, whiskers, and neck scruff were boldly incised into the earthenware form.


Modeled with a lively naturalism and light humor, this dog reflects the worldly tastes of Han China. It differs from the solemn animal images on ritual bronze vessels, which served as the medium for communication with the supernatural realms. The Han people held beliefs in a worldly paradise and an otherworldly realm of eternal life and happiness.


25–220 CE

China, Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 CE)

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