Tomb Guardians

Tang Dynasty, 618 AD - 907 AD
City Museum, Luoyang

Directional guardians were placed around the coffin or at the entrance to the tomb chamber where the coffin was kept. The unglazed face of the guardian on the left would originally have been painted. The phoenix-crowned warrior on the right guards the southerly direction, as in a similar example from the Shaanxi History Museum.