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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
2000.57.4
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.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

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), 116–17 (detail), 118, 371–72, pl. 107.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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