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Brown Colored Tomb Guardian Beasts in Celadon
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Tomb guardian beasts were often made of pottery. This pair was made of porcelain, colored brown under the glaze, which is very rare. This pair is a masterpiece of the Yuezhou Kiln. The guardian beasts are all underglaze, in imitation of pottery guardian beasts of China’s Central Plain, which were all under a bizarre glaze to intimidate tomb robbers. This demonstrates the influence of the culture of China’s Central Plain on the culture of the Chu State (nowadays Hunan and Hubei Provinces).

History of the Object
Unearthed from Xianjiahu, Changsha.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
One with a Man’s Head: Height: 34.8cm Pedestal length: 21.9cm Pedestal width: 19.6cm;One with a Beast’s Head: Height: 32.5cm Pedestal length: 20.2cm Pedestal width: 18.5cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province,China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) 
Function
Used to guard the tomb and the soul of the death. They are usually unearthed in pairs, one with a man’s head and the other with a beast’s head. 
Acquisition
Unearthed from Xianjiahu, Changsha and later collected by Hunan Provincial Museum. 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 
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