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Well-head model
1938
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The sides of the well-head model are decorated with remarkably realistic moulded patterns (bas-reliefs): a dragon and a tiger, a shooting creature and a mythical animal, and a camel and a dragon respectively. These creatures are mythical and guardian animals of the Han period. To our knowledge, there remained only a few pieces with such a rich decoration on each side, which increases the value of the model.

History of the Object
This rectangular, hollow well-head model, a characteristic piece of early square well-head models, was popular in Northern China during the Han dynasty. Indentations on the upper part indicate that a roof of bamboo or wooden framework, covered with earthenware, was joined to it. Also, there was a small platform joined to one of the longitudinal sides of the model.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Grey earthenware 
Measurements
Width 16.1 cm Height 11.7 cm Length 23.9 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Central China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 3rd century 
Creation date
1st Century - 3rd Century; Eastern Han period, 25–220 AD 
Function
Burial ware 
Acquisition
The item belongs to the core of the Chinese Collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts. It may have been purchased in the 1920s. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hungarian State; property management by the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest; in the Collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Museum
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 
Credit line
Description by Györgyi Fajcsák, Sinologist, Director-in-charge of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 

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