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Earth Spirit (Zhengmoushou)

These fantastic animal forms, usually found in pairs at the entrance to a tomb, functioned as guardian figures who kept the spirit of the dead from wandering.

Chinese, Tang dynasty, 618–907
Earth Spirit (Zhengmoushou)
8th century
Earthenware with three color glaze (sancai)
28 3/16 x 6 ½ x 8 ¾ in. (71.6 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Margaret and Michael Chung, 2006.826