Tomb Sculpture


Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China | Hebei | Neiqiu County

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C656
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Hebei | Neiqiu County
Period Han Dynasty
Date Made ca. 200 CE
Section Asian
Materials Stone
Technique Carved
Iconography Winged Lion

One of a pair of colossal stone winged lions (C656 and C657). The winged lion is a mythical animal primarily containing lion and dragon features. They are often placed in pairs at the beginning of a pathway that leads to a burial mound. Depicted in a running motion, this male lion and its female counterpart demonstrate strength and power through emphasis on muscle. It was believed that they would enhance the dignity of the tomb, glorify the memory of the deceased and protect against evil spirits. This piece has one horn and a beard falling onto its chest. The legs, tail, and ears are broken and partly missing.

Height 152.4 cm
Length 208.3 cm
Width 78.4 cm
Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1927

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