A breathtaking pair of Ancient Tang Dynasty Chinese Gilded Bronze Earth Spirit Tomb Guardians 618- 907AD.
The spirits seem to hiss or growl with a presence that is powerful and omnipotent. The creatures with strong shoulders are poised on hind legs as if to pounce at any moment their powerful shoulders are tense. Each face more terrifying than the next one with open mouth and teeth the head quivers the other in a grimace with fiery mane.
The pair of tomb guardians are heavy in weight surprisingly so for their small size. Respectively they measure 5 1/2" by 3 3/8" deep by 2 1/2" wide and 5 1/2" tall by 3 1/4" deep by 2 1/2" wide approximately. Their heft is surprising with respective weights of 578 grams and 658 grams approximately,
Surface features attest to natural weathering processes and the age of these artifacts. There is drusy mineral encrustation occurring naturally in situ during burial, and alteration and weathering to the bronze and the ancient gilt finish of the pair. Examination using high powered microscopy confirms these features are commensurate with natural weathering over the dozen centuries occurring during burial.
These dazzling ancient statues are exceptionally fine and would be centerpiece as a display within any collection of the finest ancient art.
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Tang Dynasty Bronze Earth Spirits 618 -907AD Tomb Guardians Ancient Bronze Statues PAIR Chinese Artifacts Antiquities Asian Art
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