Mat Weight in the Shape of a Doe
- Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
- 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
- H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); W. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); D. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
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- Gift of Mrs. John Marriott, Mrs. John Barry Ryan, Gilbert W. Kahn, Roger Wolfe Kahn (children of Addie W. Kahn), 1949
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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.