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tomb tile
  • China
  • tomb tile, circa 200 CE, Eastern Han dynasty (25 CE–220 CE)
  • Where object was made: Sichuan, China
  • earthenware, molding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 x 39 x 5.2 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 15 3/8 x 2 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, W7
  • 2009.0125
Label Text

There are several motifs that indicate this brick from its origin in Han-period tomb relief, particularly excavated from Sichuan province; two watch towers, a pair of birds with a long tail, two standing guardians facing each other with a flagpole. This type of tower gate usually stood at cemeteries, marking the entrance of the graveyard.