Pharmacies were great patrons of maiolica potteries from the early fifteenth century onward. Usually housed in monastic hospitals or royal residences, pharmacies often commissioned large sets of matching jars which were displayed in rows on shelves around the walls. Each jar was marked with the name of the drug it contained. Spouted jars were used to store and dispense liquid medicine. Early examples were closed by tying parchment over the top.
Excavated at the tomb of the king of Chu at Tuolanshan.
"These exquisite dancers and musician figures found at Tuolanshan provide a fascinating insight into the rich, colorful life of the Han. The performance seems to be a popular Chu dance of the period that featured long waving sleeves and swaying movements. Similar earthenware dancers and musicians were also found in the entertainment hall in the auxiliary complex of the tomb at Beidongshan."