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Sitting demon figure from the wall of the Xiudingsi Temple, near Anyang
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The demon is sitting with legs crossed and muscles swelling. His curls cover his shoulders. His face is characterised by his enormous, bulging eyes, huge nostrils and wide grim. He is wearing knee-length leather armour boots. The modelling recalls the dynamism and vivid, powerful style of Tang sculptures.

History of the Object
This piece is one of the 3,775 moulded tiles once decorating the famous Xiudingsi pagoda of the Buddhist shrine complex on Qingliang Mountain, near Anyang.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Grey earthenware with traces of cold painting 
Measurements
Width 35.3 cm Height 42 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; North China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
7th Century; Tang period, reign of Emperor Taizong (627–650) 
Function
Architectural ceramics with relief. 
Acquisition
Mr. Zoltán Felvinczi Takács, first director of the Museum purchased it from Herbert Müller (archaeologist, art historian, and art dealer, 1885-1966) in China in 1936. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hungarian State; property management by the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest; in the Collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Museum
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 
Credit line
Description by Györgyi Fajcsák, Sinologist, Director-in-charge of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 

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