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Warrior Head*
Warrior Head*
Warrior Head*
Warrior Head*
Warrior Head*
Warrior Head*
Warrior Head*

Photo credit: Freud Museum London

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This warrior head is from a Ming dynasty guardian of a tomb. His intimidating looks, with furrowed brow and bared teeth, were intended to frighten away evil spirits from a temple or sacred tomb. It may be a Dvarapala, a type of Buddhist guardian that protects entrances to burial places. Although from the Ming dynasty, the head is modelled in the style of the earlier Tang period (618 AD–907 AD), with a single top-knot and a three-pointed helmet.

Freud Museum London







H 13.5 x W 15 x D 15.5 cm

Accession number

LDFRD 3444

Acquisition method

part of household

Work type



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