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Title

Tomb tile with decoration of a man and tiger,

5th century-6th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

A 'Yu Ren' (feathered man) with a pair of wings and large ears beckons a running dragon with split deer-like antlers, baring its teeth and fixing its gaze on the ladle held in the man's left hand. This brick is an example of tomb decorations depicting Daoist themes of immortality that began during the Warring States period (475 -221 BC) and remained very popular in burial practices until the 6th century AD. The dragon motif not only indicates the direction of East, but also serves as auspicious animal with its power to suppress evil and assist the deceased to reach paradise.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Title

Tomb tile (Azure Dragon of the East decoration)


Place where the work was made

China


Date

5th century-6th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware, unglazed


Dimensions

15.6 x 40.7 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EC25.1962



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 18. cat.no. 10

Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, (illus.) not paginated. cat.no.XXII. See 'Further Information' for text.