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Title

Tomb guardian figure

7th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China


Date

7th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware, unglazed with traces of pigment


Dimensions

29.8 x 12.1 x 9.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1986


Location

Not on display


Accession number

169.1986



Place

Where the work was made
China