Figurine of Chinese Tomb Guardian

This pottery figure is shown wearing armour and stands on what seems to be an ox. The figure originally held a sword or spear. Tomb guardians were placed with the dead to protect them from evil in the afterlife. This example dates from the Tang dynasty (AD 618 - 907). It is part of a collection of Chinese ceramics created by F E Colthurst and given to the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.
Accession Loan No.
TTNCM : 77.OS.118/11
Collection Class
Common Name
figurine of Chinese Tomb Guardian
Simple Name
Period Classification
Early Medieval (AD 410-1066)
Production Date
Production Country
Production Continent
pottery, earthenware

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