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Sculpture, sow with grunters
KM 28404
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This simply-executed grave gift is an outstanding object by virtue of the information it conveys about cultural history. It displays all the everyday essentials and trivialities that people wanted the deceased to enjoy in the afterlife.

History of the Object
Clay figures placed in graves reflect Chinese society with its peasants and mandarins, its emperor and court. They were deposited as gifts to the deceased. Through the grave goods of the Han and Tang eras, we can learn about life in China – the day-to-day work of the peasant on the farm and in the village. Agriculture was the necessary foundation of the high culture that developed in China. The peasants generated the prosperity around which the rest of society could be organized. If the land gave a surplus it could feed the bureaucrats and the emperor.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Earthenware, unglazed 
Measurements
Width 18 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Hunan 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang ( 618-907) 
Function
Grave gift 
Acquisition
Bought in 1922. Seller unknown. 
Copyright
Kulturen in Lund (photo Viveca Ohlsson) 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Kulturen in Lund 
Museum
The Museum of Cultural History, Lund 
Credit line
 

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