Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

Late 14th - 15th century

Cast iron

Height: 21 1/2 inches (54.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Henry B. Keep Fund, the Fiske Kimball Fund, the Joseph E. Temple Fund, the Alfred and Margaret Caspary Gift (by exchange), and with funds contributed by Andrea M. Baldeck, M.D., and William M. Hollis, Jr., 1995

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This cast iron sculpture of a seated tiger was probably once placed at the entrance of a temple or grand residence to ward off evil spirits. Tigers are believed to have miraculous powers and are closely associated with Sansin, the Korean Mountain God.

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