Zodiac figure of a tiger


Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

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Originally created to represent the hours in the Chinese calendar, the twelve zodiac figures gradually assumed other functions over time. This small sculpture, along with other members of the set, would be displayed in the home. The work was believed to protect the residents by dispelling any evil spirits.

Zodiac figure of a tiger, Porcelain, in the biscuit and with turquoise and aubergine glazes, China

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