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Coffin Fragment

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Object Number:40-35-4
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Shandong
Period: Han Dynasty
Date Made: Han Dynasty
Early Date: -206
Late Date: 220
Section:Asian
Materials:Limestone
Technique:Low Relief
Carved
Iconography:Horse
Chariot
Birds
Human Figures
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Exchange with Yamanaka & Company, 1940

Description

Coffin slab made of limestone showing, in low relief, three carriages each drawn by one horse and carrying two persons, two men on horseback, a horse-drawn carriage carrying one person and a man on horseback. During the Han Dynasty, the horse was prized for its strength, eventually becoming a status symbol. In tombs, the horse drawn carriage was seen as a transport for the deceased into the afterlife. The inscription, which states, 室萬年用之, Shi wan nian yong zhi, literally “chamber, for 10,000 years use it.” indicated the slab was part of the sarcophagus. However this may have been added in recent times, Broken to the right of the middle.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Collection] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. pg. 1-167 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 158; p. 159View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig.6View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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