World Ceramics: Key Ideas

Chinese (T'ang dynasty)
Tomb Retinue: Earth Spirits
About A.D. 725
Glazed white clay
37-1/2 inches high
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  • These earth spirits display the vitality, sophistication and technical advances that characterized the T'ang (tahng) DYNASTY in China.

  • These two initimidating winged creatures were buried in a tomb to guard and protect the dead in the afterlife.

  • Like most T'ang pottery figures, these large earth spirits were made by pressing clay into molds.

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