A beautiful and rare pair of "Earth Spirit" guardians from the Shaanxi province region along the Yellow River valley of northern China. These figures were created from clay earthenware pottery during the Tang Dynasty period between 618 and 907 CE. Each depicts a molded figures of a seated guardian with projecting rays and polychrome pigmentations. The figures are seated on their haunches with paws planted firmly on a rectangular base looking forward with their front legs in a straight position.
Earth spirits usually are found in pairs, one with a human head and the other with a lion's head. Their supernatural powers, indicated by antlers, spiky flanges and flames, enable them to confront evil spirits and protect the area within their gaze. They were believed to protect the living by keeping the spirits of the dead from inappropriately roaming the world outside the tomb. Combining features from a number of animals to form the perfect mythic beast, these mythical creatures were perceived to be the ideal guardians of the dead. TL tested.
- Origin | China
- Dimensions | 7.5"W x 12"D x 24"H
- Age | 618 - 907CE
- Material | Terracotta
- ID | RHS019
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