Title:Funerary Model of a Pig StyArtist:Artist UnknownDate:Western Han dynastyCreation Place:Asia, ChinaCredit Line:Gift of Alan and Dena Naylor in memory of Thomas E. LearyAccession Number:95.118.1a-l
The Han gentry lived in relative luxury and hoped to live equally well in the afterlife. They commissioned clay models of their mansions, granaries, mills and, in this case, even a pig sty. Housing a sow, suckling pigs, boar, roosting chickens and dog, the pen is connected to two latrines. Tiles line the tops of the walls and cover the hip roofs. Combination pig sty-latrines similar to this replica can be seen in many parts of rural China today.