Pair of Ancient Chinese Western Han Dynasty Rams - 206 BC

A pair of red clay figures, depicting stylised rams, dating to the Western Han Dynasty, circa 206 BC - 24 AD.

The ram, domesticated in ancient China for both its meat and wool, was also considered a symbol of filial respect, since it was said to kneel when taking its mother's milk. During the Han Dynasty there was a surge of interest in this concept of filial piety, which, as a metaphor for loyalty to the Emperor, also became a political virtue.

The subjects rendered in Han ming-ch'i sculpture encompass virtually every aspect of life and provide visual documents of the nature of Han civilisation. The importance of raising livestock in ancient China is well evidenced by fascinating artefacts such as these.

Pair of Ancient Chinese Western Han Dynasty Rams - 206 BC. A pair of red clay figures, depicting stylised rams, dating to the Western Han Dynasty, circa 206 BC - 24 AD. The ram, domesticated in ancient China for both its meat and wool, was also considered a symbol of filial respect, since it was said to kneel when taking its mother's milk. During the Han Dynasty there was a surge of interest in this concept of filial piety, which, as a metaphor for loyalty to the Emperor, also became a political virtue. The subjects rendered in Han ming-ch'i sculpture encompass virtually every aspect of life and provide visual documents of the nature of Han civilisation. The importance of raising livestock in ancient China is well evidenced by fascinating artefacts such as these.

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