A Fierce ‘Zhenmushou’ Or Tomb Guardian

Northern Wei Dynasty (386 – 534)

Earthenware
Henan Province, China
H: 29cm W: 16cm

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The tomb guardian with its bulging eyes and gaping mouth accompanied by fangs and a spiked back sits on its back legs alert and ready to pounce on any intruder. Once part of a pair, this figure would have been placed by the entrance facing outwards to ward of any unwanted spirits.

• A similar example of a Zhenmushou is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Accession Number:1979.438