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Sancai-glazed Earthenware Figure of a Lokapala
NU30631-0
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Burial items such as door gods and tomb-guarding beasts appeared during the Three Kingdoms (220 – 280), Northern and Southern, (265 – 589) and Tang (618 – 907) dynasties. They were once well-known for their sancai glaze of yellow, green and white.

History of the Object
In ancient times people were confused about myths, magic and natural phenomenon. To them, evil spirits included all strange and harmful creatures. Tomb-guarding deities were intended to ward off evil. Different types of strange beasts and the Buddhist lokapala, all assumed this symbolic role in the grave. They look fierce, alert and ready to combat evil.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Ceramic 
Measurements
Width 30 cm Height 80 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th- 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) 
Function
Burial ware 
Acquisition
Purchased from Kensoon Asiatic Art Pte Ltd by NUS Museum in 1989. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
Museum
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
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