Ancient Chinese Terracotta Dog Figure
ca.200 B.C. / 200 A.D.
A beautiful Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty terracotta figure of a guardian dog wearing a collar and harness around his neck and shoulders; hollow-figured, mold-made with a very naturalistic appearance. Its head tilted slightly upward and mouth agape as if barking, revealing its tongue and fangs.
The dog acts as a guardian of the tomb warding evil spirits thus protecting the dead with its proud and fierce appearance. The Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal, symbolizing the coming of fortune.
Very good condition; original pigment colors. Accompanied by original Thermoluminescence test Certificate issued by Ralf Kotalla Laboratory. Size: H:380mm / W:370mm ; 4100g