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Tomb Terracota Pottery Figure Zhenmushou, Tang Dynasty (618 to 906 AD) Large

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Seller: 2625markw (1,535) 98.9%, Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, Ships to: US, Item: 262742333228 Tomb Guardian Beast Chinese Tomb Guardian Creature (Zhenmushou) Sculpture ca. 740 CE Earthenware with traces of pigment (24 x 10 x 8 1/2 in. ) Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 This figure is a composite creature composed of both animal and human traits, including a feline body, horse legs and this figure is adorned with large animal ears that appear almost like fish fins and the bearded face of a man. Both in regards to its original warding function and its appearance, this spirit guardian is comparable to the sphinx of Ancient Egypt, albeit on a much more intimate scale. The work was then highlighted by the application of red, white and black pigments, adding detail to the face and body, such as the eyes, red lips, black beard, and the stripes that decorate the legs and breast, as if the artist was imitating the coat of a tiger. Although this sculpture was intended to repel us, its fascinating history and astounding beauty instead attracts our attention and admiration. The colors have worn over time, but patches of red, and white paint adhere to the surface. The Tang period is the high point in the history of Chinese tomb figurines. The important role assigned to these models in Tang tomb arrangements and their significances as status symbols and powerful guardians protecting the dead meant that these clay figures became luxury objects. Created during one of the greatest periods in Chinese history, they reflect the artistic vitality of the time and give a unique glimpse into the luxurious and sophisticated world of contemporary upper class life. This figurine of a guardian beast is a great addition to collection of tomb objects, representing the changes in subject material that occurred in the mingqi industry of the Tang Dynasty. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. Please look over the photos and use the zoom feature to determine the repairs that have been done to this 2000 year old piece of art. The piece is quite solid and weighs 16 pounds. It comes with a clear acrylic box that completely seals the guardian from all outside elements. Also has wheels to move around freely. Most pieces of this size will have damage to some degree. But still command prices in the 10.000 and up range.I am offering this at a very affordable price for a once in a lifetime purchase on a great piece from the Tang Dynasty. Don't miss out on owning a piece of ancient history. SHIPPING:Local pickup is always offered.For Delivery outside the continental United States Please contact me.For Delivery in the Continental United States this will be delivered by private courier to ensure safe delivery to your home or place of business. Please allow 5-10 days to set up the logistics. Payment is due at the time of purchase unless other arrangements have been made with me. Thank you for looking and ask questions. Condition: CHINESE GUARDIAN BEAST there has been some restoration see photos and description below, Material: Terracota, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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