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Funeral carriage covered with animals and a footless janitor

Updated: 2013-11-20

Funeral carriage covered with animals and a footless janitor

This 9.1-cm tall, 13.7-cm long, 11.3-cm wide six-wheeled carriage vessel was unearthed in the village of Shangguo. At its front, close to a door on the left there is a footless janitor. The top of the vessel has a lid and the sides have different animals engraved, including monkeys, birds and tigers, a symbol of a farmyard where birds and animals are kept for hunting. This peculiar, but exquisite piece has 15 rotating parts, something rare indeed.

 

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