Funerary tile

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At A Glance

  • Period

    100 BCE-100 CE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Unglazed earthenware
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 31.4 × 29.3 × 16.7 cm (12 3/8 × 11 9/16 × 6 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Hollow tomb tile, perhaps a socle. Both sides the same. Broken areas along edges.
    Clay: slate-gray earthenware; fine texture.
    Glaze: none
    Decoration: impressed with dies or stamps in low flat relief; two profile kneeling armed guardian figures flanking stylized tree over narrow horizontal panels - (1) two birds facing central seated figure (2) horse and carriage followed by horseman.
  • Provenance

    To ?
    Jen Ku-chei, Zhengzhou, Henan, China [1]
    From 1923
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased by Carl Whiting Bishop from Jen Ku-chei, Zhengzhou, Henan, China [2]
    [1] Transferred from the Bishop Collection; formerly T-2.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Jen Ku-chei
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Architectural Element
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