Terracotta mask, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Photo courtesy Vanderven Oriental Art.
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A Chinese terracotta mask with the face of a threatening beast. The mask is made up of Lionesque features such as manes, large bulging eyes and a big nose above sharp teeth. On top of the head are stylized horns. These kind of masks were probably placed on tomb doors to ward off evil spirits. A knocker would probably have been held by the teeth.