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《Journal of National Museum of China》 2015-04
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Pottery Model of Boat from Eastern Han Tomb in Deqing

Tan Yuhua;  
In 1980, an Eastern Han dynasty pottery model of boat was unearthed in Deqing, Guangdong province and attracted wide scholarly attention. A lot of researches have been done on its type and technical characteristics. The complete model is published in A Collection of Antiquities from Silk Road on South China Sea(1991), making possible a comprehensive and detailed study on its features and technical details. The model's superstructure is in a reasonable, well proportioned and beautifully designed three-island type. The palace-style bridge design reflects its function and social status. The rudder with shaft demonstrates the fashion of large scale ships and high maneuverability in shipping industry. The deck, the log of shipboard, the arc-shaped and rounded bottom structure illustrate structural strength and rapidity of the vessel. Its superstructure, appurtenances and main hull construction indicate that flexibility, stability, anti-sinking, speed and strength of vessels in Lingnan during the Eastern Han were greatly enhanced. It will advance our understanding about shipbuilding level at that time in the Lingnan region.
【CateGory Index】: K876.3
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