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漢 青銅鹿形席鎮
Mat Weight in the Shape of a Doe

Period:
Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
Date:
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); W. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); D. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. John Marriott, Mrs. John Barry Ryan, Gilbert W. Kahn, Roger Wolfe Kahn (children of Addie W. Kahn), 1949
Accession Number:
49.136.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
A low bed, small table, and screen were often the only furnishings in a Han-dynasty room. The floors were generally covered with mats kept in place with weights in the shape of single animals, fighting beasts, or entertainers. Comparable deer-shaped weights excavated in north China are inlaid with marine shells, suggesting that the back of this was once similarly filled.
Mrs. John Marriot, Mrs. John Barry Ryan, Gilbert W. Kahn, and Roger Wolfe Kahn , New York (until 1949; donated to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Art of the Han," March 14, 1979–May 27, 1979.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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