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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Tomb Tile
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: 1st century - 2nd century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware
Dimensions: H.9 x W.47 x D.1-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 83.29
Credit Line: Gift of Funds of Mr. and Mrs. James Miles
The tombs of Han nobility were often decorated with ceramic tiles bearing painted or impressed designs like this one, which probably served as a door lintel. This example was excavated during the 1940s from a site north of Lo-yang, the capital of Eastern Han.
The hunting scene in the upper central band represents an early attempt by the Chinese to create a pictorial landscape. The dragon frieze below it is, likewise, an early depiction of that mythological creature. The hunter shooting backwards (the so-called "Parthian shot") is a motif imported from the West. The geometric borders are actually textile patterns used in fabrics that were part of the silk trade then underway between China and the Roman empire.
AMICA ID: MIA_.83.29
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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