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Title

Tomb guardian figure

7th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China