Tomb figure of a dog, Northern China

Tomb figure of a dog, Northern China

Tomb figure of a dog
Northern China
Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220)
Lead-glazed earthenware
Museum no. C.167-1914

In China, animal figures were interred with the dead in their tombs. The figures, made from loess, were fired at relatively low temperatures. High levels of lead were added to the green glaze so that it would melt at these low temperatures. Similar high-lead glazes were used in the Roman empire at this time, but it is not known whether there is a link.