Tomb Door Lintel

Object Number:40-7-1A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Date Made: 6th Century
Early Date: 500
Late Date: 599
Credit Line:Exchange with Yamanaka & Co., 1940


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. pg. 9-50 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 21, Fig. 17View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1940. "The Doors of the Waiting Dogs ( 6th Century Tomb Doors)". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 8. no. 4. pg. 6-9 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 6-9, pl.2.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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