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Tomb brickwork
K-11000-001
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It's of good quality craftsmanship and the motif constitutes an example of the imaginative world of the Han dynasty period, easily recognized also on, for example, stone relief work of the period. Its social origin adds to the importance, widening the perspective in a museum collection of historic Chineses material, originating from the uppermost elite.

History of the Object
This object most probably formed part of the decoration of a burial chamber for a person not belonging to the uppermost elite. It was exhibited together with other objects from Prof. Sirén's collection at Musée Cernuschi in Paris in 1924. MFEA bought it from him together with several other exhibited objects from China.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Width 13,5 cm Height 64 cm Length 58 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Henan province, Loyang region 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ AD 3rd century 
Creation date
BCE -3rd Century BCE - 3rd Century AD; Probably Han dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) 
Function
Tomb brickwork, fragment from the interior of a burial chamber. 
Acquisition
Bought by MFEA from the collection of the art historian Prof. Osvald Sirén (curator at the National Museum in Stockholm) in October 1925. 
Copyright
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 
Acknowledgements
Eva Myrdal, Göte Nilsson Schönborg, curators. Karl Zetterström, Erik Cornelius photo. 
Owner
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (MFEA) 
Museum
Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 
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