Slab built and modeled, rectangular courtyard surrounded by a tile roofed wall; seperate elements are a pigsty, boar, round food dish, rectangular food dish, seated figure, bird, dog, suckling pig, four piglets.

Funerary Model of a Pig Sty, 2nd century BCE

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The Han gentry lived in relative luxury and hoped to live equally well in the afterlife. They commissioned clay models of their mansions, granaries, mills and, in this case, even a pig sty. Housing a sow, suckling pigs, boar, roosting chickens and dog, the pen is connected to two latrines. Tiles line the tops of the walls and cover the hip roofs. Combination pig sty-latrines similar to this replica can be seen in many parts of rural China today.

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Slab built and modeled, rectangular courtyard surrounded by a tile roofed wall; seperate elements are a pigsty, boar, round food dish, rectangular food dish, seated figure, bird, dog, suckling pig, four piglets.