Tomb Brick

Eastern Han Dynasty
Henan Provincial Museum, Zhengzhou

A lively scene of Han enjoyments includes, left, an elaborate acrobatic show: the performers climb, balance, and swing from poles fixed upright on two chariots, while another performer hangs upside down from a horizontal pole suspended between the uprights. In the center, a party in covered chariots with military escort crosses a bridge, beneath which a boatman plies his stern oar. Above, a hunting scene with archer; right, attendants below two fighters.