7th-9th century Tang Dynasty Terracotta Sanctuary Brick depicting a Chimera
Tang Dynasty (618-907) Terracotta Sanctuary Brick relief depicting a Galloping Chimera
19 x 36 cm
During the Tang dynasty brick and stone architecture became more frequent, replacing less reliable wood edifices on tombs and sanctuaries. The present brick may have once adorned the exterior of a sanctuary or tomb. The symbol of the chimera among tombs indicated the power, authority and dignity the deceased upheld during their lifetime whilst these symbolic beasts also indicated their ability to rise and ascend into the heavens in the afterlife.
The muted and neutral tones inherent in this lovely terracotta, along with its texture and sculptural drama are certain to add a unique dimension to an elegant and sophisticated living space.