Figure of a Chimera (mythical beast)
- 25–220 CE
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Earthenware and paint
- Overall: 8 1/2 x 10 x 16 in. (21.59 x 25.4 x 40.64 cm)
- Arts of Asia
- 304 SNAIL GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift
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Representations of fantastic beasts such as the chimera were placed in Chinese tombs to protect the dead from evil in the afterlife. With its highly sculpted surface and animated painting, swirling mane, crouching stance, pointed ears, and bulging eyes, this guardian confronts the viewer, daring him to pass. The square socket behind the neck indicates that the beast originally supported something, perhaps a standard.
"Chimera," in_ Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection,_ ed. Suzanne Kotz (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997), 38.