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A SANDSTONE STELE DEPICTING A DANCER
CHAM, TRA KIEU STYLE, 10TH/11TH CENTURY
From time immemorial the Chinese buried their deceased in tombs which consisted of brick panels or stone slabs of which the Halphen Collection includes some fine examples dating from the Han (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) period.
In the beginning the deceased were accompanied by their servants, horses and objects of their household. These supported their master during his after-life. Gradually from the Zhou (1100-256 B.C.) and subsequent Han dynasties onwards the immortality aspect was emphasized, resulting in a strong demand for burial objects. The diversity of tomb gifts whether made of bronze or pottery is also reflected in the Georges Halphen Collection of early Chinese works of art. Beside burial gifts the Halphen Collection contains some fine inlaid-gilt metal ornaments for a variety of daily use purposes.