- Place where the work was made
- Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
- 7th century
- Media category
- Materials used
- earthenware, unglazed with traces of pigment
- 29.8 x 12.1 x 9.0 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1986
- Not on display
- Accession number
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.
Where the work was made