Zodiac figure of a tiger


Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

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From the Tang dynasty onward, zodiac animals were routinely given human attributes. Here, the figure is envisioned as a Daoist deity holding the head of a tiger. The large Chinese character wang (king) on the front of his hat signifies his heavenly status.

Zodiac figure of a tiger, Glazed stoneware, China

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