Figure of a hunting dog, earthenware sculpture

Figure of a hunting dog, earthenware sculpture

Figure of a hunting dog
Earthenware sculpture
China (Han Dynasty)
About 1st century
Museum no. C.167-1914

This earthenware tomb figure depicts a dog with an upturned tail. It was made during the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220) and buried in a grave along with other models of animals, farm buildings and daily vessels according to Han funerary customs. The dog had the task of guarding the tomb and driving away evil influences. The figure has a green lead glaze which has become partly iridescent due to burying.