Grave Guardian Beast

My parents visited over the weekend, and we spent a few hours at the Art Institute on Valentine’s Day. (It was really cute to see all the couples spending the day there!) I love all kinds of art, but I tend to find myself spending a lot of time looking at ancient stuff when I go to the museum. There’s just something about Chinese funerary art from the 4th century B.C. that really speaks to me. No, really!


I did a double take when I saw this guy. That tongue! Those horns! That vector-based shape! He looked just like something that I would have seen at the Pictoplasma festival a couple of years ago. But nope, they just had really cool grave markers in ancient China.


It’s amazing how the red on the tongue has been so preserved over millennia. That makes me wonder just how colorful this guy originally was. Maybe he looked something like this?


See, characters are everywhere! I think I’d be pretty happy to have this beast guard my grave for eternity, or until someone swipes him for their art museum.

4 thoughts on “Grave Guardian Beast

  1. Oh my gosh! I need a couple of those for lawn ornaments or door flankers! However, I suspect that would be sacrilegious :). I’d love to see one of the double-headed examples!

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