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Painted Pottery Qun

Western Han Dynasty

Total height: 42.5cm   Mouth Diameter: 9.5cm  

Bottom Diameter: 20.5cm

Handed  in 1972 by Capital Construction Station, Xi'an, Shaanxi

This is a miniature of an ancient granary or silo known as qun. It has a cylindrical body, a roofed top and three feet. An outlet made in the shape of a smiling face for grain dispensing is found on the lower part of the body. This pottery silo was found as a burial object reflecting people's good wishes for an abundant life in the afterlife.