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Song Dynasty
宋朝
Pottery Figures of Maids
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These pottery figures of maids were used as burial objects. The maid on the left is holding a chime and the figure on the right is holding a book box. Books were not bound, they were encased in boxes when separate pieces of paper were used, rather than a scroll. Scrolls were often enclosed in boxes, as well, but the shape would be different. The figures date to the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD) and were excavated at Baijialiang, Ankang.











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