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Anti-Demon Door Mask - T'eng Kou

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1960A160
Collection:Ethnography - Asia
Date:1900 - 1950


Masks like this would have been hung over house doors across China to frighten away evil spirits. The yin-yang symbol on its forehead is a common anti-demon device.Other door gods appear as a pair of fierce soldiers. According to legend a Chinese Emperor was kept awake at night by demons whistling and shouting outside his room. He ordered two men to keep guard outside his door and they did such a good job at scaring them off that he ordered a painter to paint their portraits and hang them outside his room. He slept soundly ever after.

Presented by the Methodist Missionary Society.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Place of Origin:China


Height:450 mm
Width:290 mm
Depth:130 mm