Slightly U-shaped, solid, rectangular ornamental tomb brick of grey fire clay with an impressed decoration in low relief. On the front, concave face of the brick is a banner-bearing equestrian figure with a two-character horizontal inscription above and an eight-character vertical inscription to the left. The bottom of the vertical inscription is chipped off at the corner; it is repeated in a frame on the left side with several characters of the inscription written in reversed form. On the right side of the brick is a bearded and big-nosed man, presumably a Central Asian foreigner, wearing a Chinese robe and standing with arms folded. The back and the two ends of the brick are plain.
Relational references:Legeza, I.L. 1972. Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Malcolm Macdonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics in the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, University of Durham. London: Oxford University Press
|Type of object:||Brick|
|Date range:||2nd century CE|
|Current accession number:||1969.39|
|Former accession number:||MacDonald cat.|
|Record date:||Thu, 12th Sep 2002|
|Copyright:||Copyright© by the Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved|