Open faced mold of a wire artifact ready for resin bonding sand. Once sand is pressed in the mold and dried aluminum will be poured into the sand mold.
Growing up, one of my favorite activities was to play and create with Legos. With these bricks I would build entire towns, creating new worlds and narratives. Having had this childhood experience I was fascinated with the ceramic models of buildings and towns found in Han Dynasty burials. The deceased was buried with a whole world of clay objects. Ceramic replicas of their home, town, tools, and everything they may need in the afterlife were buried with them. Tombs of the Han dynasty were also often built in the layout of the decease’s home that was one of the ceramic structures buried in the tomb. The wealthier the deceased was the more burial ceramics they were given. The detailed ceramic renditions of entire towns, complete with figurines has provided archeologists with a broader understanding of iens that were variety of burial ceramics that incorporated architecture ceramic structures bur of Han Dynasty architecture, technology, and life in general.
Han Dynasty Ceramic Replica of a Structure- Photo Courtesy: Linda Ganstrom Art History Lectures