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Tomb Guardian Creature (Zhenmushou)
ca. 740 C.E.
Earthenware with traces of pigment
58.4 x 38.1 x 21.6 cm (23 x 15 x 8 1/2 in.)
Purchased with a gift from Ruth and Bruce B. Dayton, B.A. 1940
By the mid-eighth century C.E., tomb guardian creatures had become particularly ferocious, standing erect, quelling another beast, or tussling with a snake. Their appearance may have been inspired by the active deities of Esoteric Buddhism.
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Not on view
Refining the Imagination: Tradition, Collecting, and the Vassar Education, exh. cat. (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Vassar College, 1999), 41, no. 3, ill.
Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 11617 (detail), 118, 37172, pl. 107.
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