18 September 2003
A LARGE IMPRESSED GREY POTTERY TOMB BRICK
Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220)
Perhaps part of a door lintel, hollow and impressed with descending registers of long-tailed birds, trees, dragons and immortals (xian) and tigers running amidst mountains on the long sides, and dragons on top, the bottom with a lozenge band between bands of cloud scroll, with apertures on the narrow sides and a rectangular tenon on top
25 3/8in. (64.5cm.) long, stand
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For a hollow tomb brick impressed with a row of similar trees in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco see He Li, Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey, New York, 1996, p. 72, no. 58.
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