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Painted Pottery Tomb Guardian (Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-220 A.D.)

Painted Pottery Tomb Guardian (Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-220 A.D.). Chinese tomb guardian statues were used during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) to protect the soul of the deceased and the objects included in one's burial from evil. Earthenware. H. 42.6 cm, L. 41.6 cm. © Shanghai Museum; photograph provided by Houston Museum of Natural Science

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This particular piece was found buried with a deceased Han emperor. It is a jade ornament. Its considered to be a prominent example of jade art during the Han Dynasty. Craftsman: Unknown Date: ca.205 B.C. - 24 A.D Location: Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King Link: http://www.gznywmuseum.org/info_22.aspx?itemid=697&pcid=3

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Han Dynasty, Mythical Animal, L. 30cm Having various names, mythical animals are popular from West Chou Dynasty through Han Dynasty. With single horn or dual horns, most mythical animals are seen with feather wings and are called flying divine animals. The artifact is made of Hotan jade with green white color.

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Emperor Wu of Han was the seventh emperor of the Han Dynasty of China, ruling from 141 BC to 87 BC. Emperor Wu is best remembered for the vast territorial expansion that occurred under his reign, as well as the strong and centralized Confucian state he organized. He is cited in Chinese history as the greatest emperor of the Han dynasty and one of the greatest emper

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Jade suits were first documented in literature around AD 320. During the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 CE), members of imperial family were buried in jade burial suits. Jade was believed to possess magical properties that would protect the body from decay and ward off evil spirits. Liu Sheng’s jade suit (above image) was made of 2498 pieces of jade, sewn together with 1.1 kilograms of gold thread. It has been estimated that a suit such as Liu Sheng's would have taken ten years to fashion.

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Historical reconstruction of the traditional clothing worn during the Han, Song, Tang, and Ming Dynasties. I haven’t been able to locate more information about this fabulous project or its creator(s)- does anyone know more?

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