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Model of a dog
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Why this is a
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The green-glazed pottery model of a dog is a tomb guardian, known in Chinese as tianquan or watchdog, in protective stance, head alert with legs squarely set, ears pricked up and eyes staring angrily. A double harness modelled out of earthenware, decorated with oval lozenges, has been strapped around both the waist and neck of the dog and attached together with a loop ring at the nape of the neck which accentuates the dog’s muscular strength. This animated ceramic dog is a classic example of the Han sculptural tradition. A very similar one is on show at The Shanghai Museum.

History of the Object
Buriel objects are called mingqi in Chinese, which has been translated into various English terms, such as grave goods, funerary wares, spirit wares, and tomb figures. A large number of mingqi are miniature models of objects from daily life. Some are replicas of actual possessions of the deceased. Among all the materials, pottery was the most popular medium for mingqi and also the most durable. Burying pottery mingqi in tombs became more popular in some periods than in others – for example, in the Han (206 BC to 220 AD), Tang (618-907 AD), and Ming (1368-1644 AD) dynasties. The tradition of interring mingqi reached new heights, as the nouveau-riche competed for prestigious afterlives.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Width 12 cm. Height 33 cm. Length 38 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 3rd century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE - 3rd Century; Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 220) 
Function
Buriel object 
Acquisition
This object was sold by H.M. Calmann on 17th March 1938 to Sir William Burrell for £70; by whom it was gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow in 1944. 
Copyright
The image of this object belongs to the Burrell Collection. For any enquiry on access to this image, please contact the Photograph Library at: Photolibrary@glasgowlife.org.uk 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
City of Glasgow 
Museum
The Burrell Collection 
Credit line
©Copyright Culture & Sports Glasgow (Museums) 

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