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Rong Zi Tile End  荣字瓦当

Rong Zi Tile End
Pottery Designs from the Eastern Han Dynasty 东汉 25 AD - 220 AD

This tile contains the character which means prosperity or thriving. The Eastern Han dynasty was fairly prosperous, but is better characterized as defensive. The weakness on the borders allowed incursions by the Koreans, Xiongnu, and Xianbei all of whom had to be fought, often unsuccessfully. At the same time the Silk Road brought merchants from the west as well as Buddhist scholars. Chinese delegations, both public and private, went to the west on trading missions and exploration. They brought back many new fruits, vegetables, and flowers as well as new ideas and inventions.

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