29.8 x 12.1 x 9.0cm
In the pottery tomb figure tradition the category of guardian figures is one of the largest and most significant. This semi-human semi-mythical beast is generally identified as a 'qito', a formalised guise of the devil-clearing mask worn at New Year ceremonies. Such images were placed in the corners of tombs to repel evil spirits.
Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, August 1986.