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Well buidling
KM 28403
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This miniature depicts a roofed well with a dragon’s head on top of the post. A pot stands on the wall of the well. 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. It is now shown in the exhibition China – in the middle of the World at Kulturen in Lund.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Earthenware, trace of lead glaze 
Measurements
Height 32 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Hunan 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 3rd century 
Creation date
BCE: 3rd Century - 3rd Century; Han Dynasty BCE 206 – 220 
Function
Grave gift test 
Acquisition
Bought in1922. Seller unknown 
Copyright
Kulturen in Lund (photo Viveca Ohlsson) 
Acknowledgements
It has been published in Bo Gyllensvärd, Kinesisk t porslin och dess förhistoria, 1977. 
Owner
Kulturen in Lund 
Museum
The Museum of Cultural History, Lund 
Credit line
 

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