Wooden sign painted with a demon's face, China

Made:
1801-1900 in China
maker:
Unknown
Large wooden shield painted with demon's face, hung outside house to keep away evil spirits, Chinense, 1801-1900. Front

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Large wooden shield painted with demon's face, hung outside house to keep away evil spirits, Chinense, 1801-1900. Front
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Large wooden sign, painted with a demons face, with raffia hanging loop, hung outside house to keep away evil spirits, China, 1801-1900

A wooden sign painted with a demon's face, hung over doors in China to scare away demons. In ancient China people believed that spirits, ancestors and demons could interfere with the body and cause illness. This idea has existed in some form in Chinese medical traditions for most of the last two thousand years.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A639108
Materials:
cane, complete, paint, paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (standing upright): 650 mm x 400 mm x 80 mm, 2.77 kg
type:
shield
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • armour - protective wear