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Herb Pillow with Changshou Embroidery on Yellowish Brown Damask
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

1. This pillow, rich in color, exquisite in embroidery technique and amazingly beautiful in patterns, belonged to Xin Zhui, occupant of Mawangdui Tomb No.1, which fully reflects the high artistic and technical levels of the Han Dynasty in embroidery and textile printing. 2. This medical herb pillow is filled with fragrant orchids, Chinese prickly ash, dogwood and more, from which we can learn that Chinese people in the Han Dynasty over 2,000 years ago used fragrant objects such as pillows with herbs to scent themselves, to keep them healthy, to drive off evil spirits, to avoid bites from mosquitoes and other bugs, and to extinguish foul smells. This herb pillow embodies the development level of traditional Chinese medicine in the Han Dynasty.

History of the Object
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawadui, Changsha City, Hunan Province, China.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Various herbs stuffed in a silk case 
Measurements
Width 10.5 cm. Height 12 cm. Length 45 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 2nd century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE - 2nd Century BCE; 202 BCE-168 BCE 
Function
Bedclothing 
Acquisition
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972 and collected by Hunan Provincial Museum after that. 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 
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