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Tomb Door Lintel

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Object Number:
40-7-1A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Date Made:
6th Century
Early Date:
500
Late Date:
599
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Limestone
Technique:
Engraved
Description:
Grey limestone door lintel ornamented with surface engraving and the background cut away. The lintel features two animated phoenix-like birds, with swirling plumage, flanking a stylized sacred jewel surrounded with flames and lotus pods and leaves. The two doors that accompanied this piece were de-accessioned to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ( 65-20/1 & 65-20/2) through a gift exhange. On each door there is a standing guardian in high relief wearing simple robes and a leather cuirass and cap with a flat piece of jade thrust through it. Below each guardian is a seated dog executed in simple incised lines and facing the dog on the other door.
Credit Line:
Exchange with Yamanaka & Co.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 21, Fig. 17
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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1940. The Doors of the Waiting Dogs ( 6th Century Tomb Doors). The University Museum Bulletin. 8 (4) : Page/Fig./Plate: 6-9, pl.2.
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