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Tomb Guardian

The Field Museum

The Field Museum

This 3rd-4th century figure of a rhinoceros-like beast with three horns is a tomb guardian. It would have been placed near the front of a tomb to protect the deceased. Over the centuries in China, tomb guardians took the form of fantastical beasts, sometimes with human heads, and menacing warriors dressed in armor.

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  • Title: Tomb Guardian
  • Location: China
  • Type: Artefact
  • Contributor: John Weinstein : The Field Museum of Natural History
  • Rights: (c) Field Museum of Natural History - CC BY-NC

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