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北魏/北齊 彩繪陶鎮墓獸
Tomb Guardian (Zhenmushou)

Northern Wei (386–534)–Northern Qi (550–577) dynasty
mid-to-late 6th century
Earthenware with pigment
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); W. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); D. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Purchase, Ann Eden Woodward Foundation Gift, 1979
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
Bulging eyes, a gaping mouth with fangs, a protruding tongue, oversized paws, and a spiked back define this fantastic creature, which was once one of a pair placed facing outward at the entrance to the coffin chamber.
Ruth Spelman (until 1979, her sale at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, N , 1979, lot 148 (sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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