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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.


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



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, Gallery 133


Arts of Asia


Mastiff (Tomb Figurine)


China (Artist's nationality:)

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25 CE–220 CE


Brick-red earthenware with green lead glaze


H.: 32.3 cm (12 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Russell Tyson

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