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|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.|
|Production Period:||20th century|
|Place of Origin:||China|