Model Mansion

Han Dynasty
Henan Provincial Museum, Zhengzhou

Ceramic architectural models were placed inside Han dynasty tombs as dwellings for the deceased person's afterlife. Other types of models, also found in tombs, include outbuildings, guard towers, animals, entertainers, and servants. These artifacts provide us with a good idea of what the domestic compounds of the time looked like, as well as the various activities that were carried out within them.