Mastiff (Tomb Figurine)

Brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze | 32.3cm | Eastern Han dynasty (A.D. 25–220), 2nd century

Unknown Artist

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,...
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