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

Period:
Northern Wei (386–534)–Northern Qi (550–577) dynasty
Date:
mid-to-late 6th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with pigment
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); W. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); D. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Classification:
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Purchase, Ann Eden Woodward Foundation Gift, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.438
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, November 2, 1979, lot 148, to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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