An image of Tomb guardian figure

Unknown Artist

Tomb guardian figure

Location
Not on display
Further information

In the pottery tomb figure tradition the category of guardian figures is one of the largest and most significant. This semi-human semi-mythical beast is generally identified as a 'qito', a formalised guise of the devil-clearing mask worn at New Year ceremonies. Such images were placed in the corners of tombs to repel evil spirits.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, August 1986.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Tang dynasty 618–907
Year
7th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
earthenware, unglazed with traces of pigment
Dimensions
29.8 x 12.1 x 9.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1986
Accession number
169.1986