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CHINESE TOMB FIGURINES

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WILLEM CLAESSEN

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Agricultural tomb figurines

The Han Dynasty brought about great achievements in agriculture, irrgation and water conservancy and the invention of more efficient tools.

Waterways were brought under control. Fields were tiled with swingplows that featured an iron cutting edge and were drawn by oxen. The development of hand-operated rotary millstones, winnowers with rotary wings and hydraulic mills led to great advances in the processing of grain.