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Tomb brick: C.730 & A & B-1991

Object information

Current Location: In storage






Tomb brick in ebonised display box. Rectangular grey earthenware brick in low relief with flowing linear decoration depicting two figures, one lying down resting on her elbow and holding a circular, the other beside a Buddhist tomb or shrine guarded by a dog of fo; a bird perches in the foreground. Enclosed in a backward slanting ebonised display box which unscrews into two pieces.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Han Dynasty (BC 206 - AD 220)
Six Dynasties
-206 - 589

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Box composed of ebonized wood Depth 38.7 cm Height 22.5 cm Width 13.3 cm
Tomb Brick composed of earthenware Depth 34.0 cm Height 17.0 cm Width 8.0 cm

Techniques used in production

Bas-relief : Earthenware brick in low relief with flowing linear decoration

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.730 & A & B-1991
Primary reference Number: 20939
Old object number: CHINA/163
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 August 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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