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Lidded Pottery Granary Model
Source: Henan Museum Edit: acf Time: 2023.02.01 11:08:44

Period: Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)
Measurements: H.41.6 cm, Dia. 10 cm
Provenance: Unearthed at Jinguyuan of Luoyang in 1955

The grey object was made of clay, features a cylindrical form, straight mouth, flat rim, circular shoulder, tubular body, and flat bottom, it was supported by three bear-formed legs. With an inverted bowl-formed lid, the granary was decorated with four groups of raised cord designs. An inscription of four characters in red clerical script “Liang Mi Wan Shi”(lit. Millet and rice in myriad shi) was written on one side, the scripts were robust and graceful, with neat structure, reflecting the traits of the clerical script during the Han times.

During Han dynasty, the ideology “serving the dead as  though they were alive” was prevalent that led to the extravagant burying. Luoyang, as the political and economic center of the Eastern Han dynasty, was one of the places where quite a few funeral ceramic granary models were unearthed, and the most remarkable character is the ubiquitous grain-related inscription written on the them, “wan shi(lit.myriad shi)” states the abundant grain reserves of the tomb occupant in imaginary digit.