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Southern Dynasties
Animal to Guard Tomb - Funerary Object
镇墓兽   随葬品

This mythical animal was placed on guard inside a burial chamber to keep evil spirits away. Notice the human ear and facial features combined with a dragon-like ridged back. He dates to the Southern Dynasties (420 to 389 AD). He was found in a dig at Ankang.

China Index >> Shaanxi History Museum >> Southern and Northern Dynasties 386 to 581 AD

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Last update: March 2010
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