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Tomb guardian beast with a man's head and a leopard''s body.
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The body of the sculpture looks like a leopard. It has horse hoofs and is crouching. The background colour of the body is light-blue, on which the leopard dots are drawn in black, blue and white. The head is a man's head. He wears a hood, and looks like a warrior. The eyes are open wide. He has a tall nose and wears a thick moustache and beard on the upper lip and the jaw. The face is highly realistic, and it demonstrates truly and vividly the image, manner and temper of the beast as it protects the owner of the tomb's peace. It is an amazing piece of art.

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
Clay 
Measurements
Height 86 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
Used for sacrifice 
Acquisition
Unearthed from tomb No. 224 in the Astana cemetery of 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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