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Chinese Tang Terracotta Guardian Figure / Earth Spirit
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Far East, China, Tang Dynasty, ca. 618 to 907 CE. A magnificent guardian figure called a zhenmushou (grave-quelling beast) or earth spirit presenting a characteristic fantastical hybrid, creature-like form comprised of both animal and human elements and adorned with liberal remains of red, black, and white pigments. The beast faces forward with a ferocious appearance comprised of its bulging eyes, furrowed brow, and snarling grimace; its head presenting an undulating horn or flame emerging from the top and large pointed ears from either side, as it sits on its hind haunches with wing-like projections rising from the front, hooved legs. Earth spirits like this example were traditionally placed in tombs to ward off evil beings or spirits that threatened to intrude. Size: 7.3" W x 20.3" H (18.5 cm x 51.6 cm)

The Tang Dynasty was a thrilling time in Chinese history when trade flourished along the Silk Routes and unified China was the richest country on earth. Chang'an (now Xi'an) was the Tang capital, and it was one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth, filled with foreigners who had travelled to China to trade; the influence of foreigners and talented native Chinese, combined with the economic prosperity brought on by trade and the new religion from India, Buddhism, created a powerful cultural milieu where poetry and other forms of art flourished.

Provenance: private Lumberton, Texas, USA collection, acquired before 2010

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Repaired from several pieces with break lines visible. Adhesive visible on some break lines. Loss of proper right ear, tip of top flame, and tip of left shoulder flame. Nicks, chips, pitting, and abrasions throughout. Nice remaining detail on face and liberal remaining pigments.
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Chinese Tang Terracotta Guardian Figure / Earth Spirit

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400
Feb 03, 2022
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Starting Price $800
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0063: Chinese Tang Terracotta Guardian Figure / Earth Spirit

Sold for $650
1 Bid
Est. $1,600 - $2,400Starting Price $800
VARIETY SALE | Ancient, Asian, Ethnographic
Feb 03, 2022 10:00 AM EST
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Lot 0063 Details

Description
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Far East, China, Tang Dynasty, ca. 618 to 907 CE. A magnificent guardian figure called a zhenmushou (grave-quelling beast) or earth spirit presenting a characteristic fantastical hybrid, creature-like form comprised of both animal and human elements and adorned with liberal remains of red, black, and white pigments. The beast faces forward with a ferocious appearance comprised of its bulging eyes, furrowed brow, and snarling grimace; its head presenting an undulating horn or flame emerging from the top and large pointed ears from either side, as it sits on its hind haunches with wing-like projections rising from the front, hooved legs. Earth spirits like this example were traditionally placed in tombs to ward off evil beings or spirits that threatened to intrude. Size: 7.3" W x 20.3" H (18.5 cm x 51.6 cm)

The Tang Dynasty was a thrilling time in Chinese history when trade flourished along the Silk Routes and unified China was the richest country on earth. Chang'an (now Xi'an) was the Tang capital, and it was one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth, filled with foreigners who had travelled to China to trade; the influence of foreigners and talented native Chinese, combined with the economic prosperity brought on by trade and the new religion from India, Buddhism, created a powerful cultural milieu where poetry and other forms of art flourished.

Provenance: private Lumberton, Texas, USA collection, acquired before 2010

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#169612
Condition
...
Repaired from several pieces with break lines visible. Adhesive visible on some break lines. Loss of proper right ear, tip of top flame, and tip of left shoulder flame. Nicks, chips, pitting, and abrasions throughout. Nice remaining detail on face and liberal remaining pigments.

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