About this artwork
This humble-looking burial model illustrates two notable inventions in engineering and architecture that were in used widely during the Han dynasty. The rotary mill, worked by a pedal-operated hammer, was used to prepare grain for flour. The shed that encloses it has a deeply overhanging tile roof supported by a wood column with projecting bracket arms. This type of bracketing, which transferred the weight of the roof to the column, became an increasingly important feature of later Chinese buildings.
- Farm Shed with Grain Mill
- 25 CE–220 CE
- Brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze
- 17.8 × 19.4 × 27.3 cm (7 × 7 5/8 × 10 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Rose Movius Palmer