Eastern Han dynasty / Military Watchtower / 1st CenturyEastern Han dynasty
Military Watchtower
1st Century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Eastern Han dynasty
Title: Military Watchtower
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 99
Creation Date: 1st Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: glazed earthenware
Dimensions: a: H.13 x W.11-1/2 x D.11-1/2 in.; b (base): H.13-1/4 x Dia.17-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 98.69a,b
Credit Line: Gift of the Asian Art Council
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

The multi-storied manor houses and watchtowers of Han towered above the countryside. Some lords built watchtowers and hired private armies to protect their property. This tower is built over a pond as indicated by the fish, frogs and aquatic fowl in the round basin-like base. The corners of the balcony show soldiers with crossbows. Though invented during Warring States period (481-221 b.c.), crossbows were perfected during Han. Central to military control, the powerful weapon gave the Han an advantage against all enemies. In fact, the crossbow was a state secret protected by the death penalty.

AMICA ID: MIA_.98.69a,b
Component Measured: top
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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