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Guardian warrior stomping on a demon
XB16095
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The figurine is made up of 30 carved parts of different sizes,which are stuck together. The colour of his face and body is thickly painted. The eyes and eyebrows are drawn with lines and the eyes are decorated with ink. Red colour is stuck to the lips. The sculpture has a splendid expression and this enhances the artistic appeal. This kind of tomb guardian figurine was placed outside the tomb door to protect the owner. So far, this kind of figurine is unique and surely is a “gem”.

History of the Object
The tombs are located to the Southeast of Turpan city close to the ancient City of Gaochang. The tombs were the public cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents. Among the more than ten thousand cultural relics excavated are over 2700 books, paintings, pottery, silk and cotton textiles. The time recorded in the books ranges from 273 to 772.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Height 83 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 Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
Object for accompanying a deceased person 
Acquisition
Unearthed from No.206 tomb No. 206 of the Astana Cemetery in Turpan in 1973. 
Copyright
The proprietary right of the masterpiece belongs to the Xinjiang Museum of China. No individual or group can copy without permission. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Xinjiang museum 
Museum
Museum of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region 
Credit line
Storage dep. 
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