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Pottery Lampstand in the Shape of a Bear Head 熊首陶灯拴

Pottery Lampstand in the Shape of a Bear Head
熊首陶灯拴
Pottery Owl
陶枭
Pottery Zhen in the Shape of a Crouching Tiger
卧虎陶镇

The objects shown above and below are from the Western Han dynasty. The tiger is shown in another view in the picture below. All three items demonstrate a whimsical decorative genre. Art for art's sake grew as a concept during the Han dynasty. Sculpture of all sorts advanced, in part because there was a vast market for lifelike funereal objects. Thus, animal figures, humans of various ranks and occupations, and everyday objects were all depicted in clay, bronze, stone, and engraving.


Pottery Zhen in the Shape of a Crouching Tiger 卧虎陶镇





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