Tri-colored chimera with double horns

Tags: chimera | figurine | pottery | Tang dynasty

There are many imaginary animals in the artistic work of Tang Dynasty, the most famous of which is this Tri-color Double-horn Chimera. Generally, these imaginary animals come with bearded human face and single horn; their bodies are like animal and have wings. They generally kneel or sit; their four feet are hoofed. Their form is a combination of human, animal, and bird, a possible derivative of ancient Chinese mythology. Chinese believe these chimeras can protect people from disease and evil. Generally speaking, they will install a pair of this chimera in a tomb to protect the dead; more prominent than other figures, these chimeras will be installed in parallel position, either besides the sarcophagus or besides the door of the tomb.

 National Museum of History