Han dynasty

The elite men and women of China’s second imperial dynasty enjoyed an opulent lifestyle that continued into the afterlife.

206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.

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What is the Han dynasty?

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Ladle
Ladle

A single ladle can reveal a lot about the Han dynasty

Disk (bi) with knobs, feline, and dragon
Disk (bi) with knobs, feline, and dragon

Chinese artisans produced plain perforated disks, but their origin and purpose is not entirely known.

Han dynasty (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.), an introduction
Han dynasty (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.), an introduction

The Han dynasty was a pivotal period in the history of China—many foundations were laid for enduring aspects of Chinese society.

<em>Funeral banner of Lady Dai (Xin Zhui)</em>
Funeral banner of Lady Dai (Xin Zhui)

Excavated from an ancient tomb, this opulent silk banner features the earliest known portrait in Chinese painting.

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