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Han Dynasty Model of a Well Head

$2,800

About

Grey terracotta with red slip, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Northern China, Yellow River Valley. During the Han period, many artifacts and effigies were buried in preparation for the afterlife. The burial of genuine articles made from metal or stone were banned but clay replicas were permitted. According to Han belief, the collection of buried articles had to reflect and indicate the identity of the person buried in the tomb but did not need to be literally life-sized or functional. Consequently, potential grave-robbers had little incentive to take the risk and make the effort required. Many tombs collapsed over the centuries and others filled with mud. Many, however, remained intact and were only discovered in the 1990s and 2000s due to excavations for modern buildings, many of which require very deep foundations.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Width: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Depth: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)
  • Style
    Han (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    206 BC–220 AD
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Han Dynasty Well Head DVT1stDibs: LU886420775862

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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