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Mastiff (Tomb Figurine)

A work made of brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze.

Date:

Eastern Han dynasty (A.D. 25–220), 2nd century

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Tomb models such as this alert watchdog reflect an increasingly humanistic and mundane view of the afterlife. Its compact, hollow earthenware body has been molded in two halves, joined lengthwise along the head, chest, back, and rump. The lead glaze, colored green by the addition of copper oxide, has decomposed into thin layers that reflect light with silvery iridescence.

On View

Arts of Asia, Gallery 133

Title

Mastiff (Tomb Figurine)

Origin

China

Date

25 CE–220 CE

Medium

Brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze

Dimensions

H. 32.3 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1950.1630

Extended information about this artwork

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