CHINESE EARTHENWARE WITH PIGMENT MYTHICAL TOMB GUARDIAN (ZHENMUSHOU), H 9 3/4"
An archaic guarding mythical beast seated at attention; formed with the paws and body of a canine, a porcine face, flame form dragon-like crests along the ridge of the back, and polychrome decoration complete him. The Zhenmushou, a part of mingqi (spirit goods), made for burial with the dead were placed in front of a tomb to protect the resting ancestors. A similar example found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From the collection of Mrs. G. G. Scranton, international traveler from the late 1900's to the mid twentieth century. Friend and patron of Mrs. Dagny Carter, a notable scholar, influenced this collection.