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Guardian with a Shield

mid-6th century c.e.

Earthenware with slip and traces of black and red pigment

19 × 5 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (48.26 × 13.97 × 8.89 cm)
Purchased with an anonymous gift and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2005.61.3
Tomb sculptures holding oversize shields belong to a subset of guardians produced in the northeast during the mid-sixth century C.E. Often made in pairs, they were placed at or near the entrance of a tomb to protect the space and its inhabitants.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Northern Qi dynasty (550–77 c.e.)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

The Schloss Collection, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. purchase in 2005.

Bibliography: 

Annette Juliano, Art of the Six Dynasties, exh. cat. (New York: China Institute Gallery, 1975), fig. 54.

Ezekiel Schloss, Ancient Chinese Ceramic Sculpture from Han through Tang, 2 vols. (Stamford, Conn.: Castle Publishing Co., 1977), fig. 58A.

Candice J. Lewis, Into the Afterlife: Han and Six Dynasties Tomb Sculpture from the Schloss Collection, exh. cat. (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Vassar College Art Gallery, 1990), fig. 54.

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.