Wooden sign painted with a demon's face, China, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in China
maker:
Unknown

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:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A639108/1
Materials:
cane, wood
type:
shield
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • armour - protective wear
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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