Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)
1st–early 3rd century
Earthenware with green glaze
H. 12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm); Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Pottery models of houses and farm structures were commonly included in Eastern Han burials. Made to provide for the afterlife, these objects preserve a vivid picture of rural activity. Pigsties and animal pens surround the four essential elements in a Han settlement; a house with an interior courtyard, a granary, a stove, and a well. Multistoried buildings served as watchtowers that protected the larger estates; the three basic types, all represented here, were the open tower with a moat, the solid-walled storehouse, and the pavilion with a forecourt.
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