AGE: – Western Han Dynasty 206 B.C. – 9 A.D.
CONSTRUCTION: – Terracotta
DESCRIPTION: – Han Dynasty Earthenware Mingqi Tripod Vessel
CIRCUMFERENCE: – 66cm
WEIGHT:– 2.1 Kg.
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Despite the many hundred of years of burial this Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware Mingqi Tripod Vessel still shows a lot of detail in the artwork. The body is supported by three legs with the shape of an elephant head and trunk.
The Han Dynasty was followed by the Qin Dynasty, the former Han was referred to as the Western Han which lasted from 206 BC – 9 AD. The later Han is referred to as the Eastern Han and lasted from 25- 220 CE. The Han Dynasty spanned a period of four centuries interrupted for a short time by the Xin dynasty from 9 – 23 CE. The Han dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China.
Mingqi (meaning spirit objects) were created in many different shapes and forms with imaginative designs symbolic to Chinese culture and beliefs.
The Chinese believe that after death the deceased enters into another world, therefore death was considered just an extension of the living world, they believed that their requirements such as food, cooking utensils, furniture and ornamental objects used whilst living, would ease and help the deceased adjust to the afterlife.