Earthenware with impressed relief decoration
11.5 x 30.8 x 1.3 cm (4 1/2 x 12 1/8 x 1/2 in.)
Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1925.134
Han dynasty tombs were often furnished with grave goods to provide the deceased with items for the afterlife.
Han dynasty tombs were often furnished with grave goods to provide the deceased with items for the afterlife. This panel with a dragon was part of a miniature pottery stove to be placed in a burial chamber. This scene of a dragon being fed fungus by a winged fairy is molded on the panel. The dragon is an auspicious creature and an animal of the cardinal directions that protects the east.
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