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Tales from History and Legends: Lintel and Pediment of a Tomb

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Around 1915, excavated from a tomb in the village of Balitai, near Luoyang, China. 1918, bought by Mr Kwen at the price of 4200 taels; 1923,sold by Mr.Kwen to C.T.Loo at the price of little over than 70.000 francs; 1925, sold by C.T.loo to Denman Waldo Ross(1853-1935) at the price of $4,500; 1925 gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 1925)

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Chinese, Western Han dynasty, late 1st century B.C.


73.3 x 240.7 cm (28 7/8 x 94 3/4 in.)

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Earthenware hollow tiles of a tomb lintel and pediment; ink and color on a whitened ground




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware