Figure of a Tomb Guardian

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
ca. late 7th–first half of the 8th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze and pigments
Dimensions:
H. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm)
Classification:
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.253.9
Not on view
Although he obviously represents a racial group from the West, this armor-clad warrior stood sentinel in a Chinese tomb to protect its inhabitant from harm.
Stanley Herzman , New York (until 1991; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Selection of Chinese Ceramics from the Adele and Stanley Herzman Collection," June 1, 1990–August 26, 1990.