Chinese tomb guardian figures on display, Feb. 9 through Aug. 31
Posted February 7, 2002; 01:57 p.m.
A recently acquired pair of Chinese tomb guardian figures from the Tang dynasty will be on display at the Princeton University Art Museum from Feb. 9 through Aug. 31. The figures are part of the "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts of Tang Dynasty China" exhibition.
"Relics from one of the golden eras of Chinese art and culture, these fierce beast figures were always placed in pairs in tombs that often contained numerous ceramic figures of humans, animals and supernatural creatures" notes Cary Y. Liu, associate curator of Asian art. "Because of their position near the tomb entrance and their ferocious demeanor, such figures are thought to have been sentinels protecting the deceased from evil spirits." For more information, read the news release or call (609) 258-3788.
Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601