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An image of Tomb guardian figure by
Alternate image of Tomb guardian figure by

China

Title
Tomb guardian figure
Place of origin
China
Period
Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
Year
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
Accession number
169.1986
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.