Burial model of a three-courtyard house with figures - ROM2005_3489_1


Burial model of a three-courtyard house with figures

Medium:Slab-built, slipped earthenware with moulded and hand-made components and glaze
Geography: Reportedly from Yuxian, Henan province, China
Date: 16th century AD
Period: Ming Dynasty
14.6 cm
Object number: 931.13.104
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Chinese Architecture
DescriptionHouse models such as this have been found in tombs of wealthy landlords. Often they are the only tomb gift, apart from some clothes. This model is a faithful rendition of Ming-dynasty domestic architecture. The house is completely enclosed, with no windows on the outside. A "shadow wall" behind the gate prevents passers-by from looking in. The family lived mainly in the rear courtyard. The two-storied building in the second courtyard is the formal reception hall. The three honorific arches in front of the house indicate the very high rank of its owner. They were sometimes a reward for good civil behaviour, for example, providing famine relief.
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