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10. Guardian Warriors
Tang Dynasty; 7th-early 8th century
Molded, gray earthenware with cold-painted pigments and gold leaf over white ground
Warrior with mouth open: 55.5 x 20.5 x 17.5 cm;
Warrior with mouth closed: 57.5 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm

Guardian Warriors

Pair of Standing, Helmeted, Armor-Clad, Bearded Guardian Warriors, One with Mouth Open, One with Mouth Closed, Each with Pointed Boots and a Hand Raised to Waist Level as if Grasping a Lance or Spear, and Standing on a Rocky Base from Which Protrude the Head and Tail of a Snake.

Collection of Anthony M. Solomon.
Photo by Maggie Nimkin.
Photo courtesy of Harvard University Art Museums.

Detail:Warrior with Mouth Open - other half of the pair
all text & images © Arthur M. Sackler Museum
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