Tomb Door Lintel


From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 40-7-1A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Date Made 6th Century
Section Asian
Materials Limestone
Technique Engraved

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., 1940

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