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Authentic Large ( 20.3" H) Tang Dynasty (ca. 618 to 907 CE) Guardian Zhenmushou Figure -Earth Spirit Artifact with COA Far East, China

Regular price $1,615.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $1,615.00 USD
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Grand authentic Chinese Tang Dynasty ( circa 618 to 907 CE ) 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)

Comes with certificate of authenticity from well respected gallery (where it was purchased) that specializes in Antiquities.

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.

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

Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction-Guaranteed Authentic

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