Lacquer coffin impression - ROM2005_3626_1


Lacquer coffin impression

Medium:Earth and red lacquer
Geography: Reportedly from Anyang, Henan province, China
Date: 13th-1st half of 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
7.6 x 5.7 cm
Object number: 949X143.2
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionAshes are often all that remains of lacquer vessels and containers that were among the offering objects buried in tombs. The same is true for coffins, which often had surfaces decorated with red lacquer paint. However, traces of parts of these objects have survived as impressions on the compacted tomb-backfill soils. These three pieces of clay show incomplete animal-face taotie motifs and patterned designs that were likely part of the decoration on elaborate coffins belonging to nobles. Although the provenance of these fragments of red lacquer impressions is unknown, it is believed that were likely collected from royal or noble tombs at Anyang.
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