Door Guard Yuchi Gong

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    The large nose, bulging eyes and full beard identify this door guard as Yuchi Gong (AD 585--658), supposedly from Central Asia, who, along with Qin Qiong (d. AD 638), came to the aid of a Tang-dynasty emperor who was disturbed by noisy demons at night, so they stood guard outside his door. In order that they would not have this duty every night, the emperor ordered images of them painted on his doors. However, not until the sixteenth century did the pair appear as door guards.1 They became the most popular of military images to be posted on the two panels of street doors to prevent evil from entering houses. Attached to Yuchi Gong’s back are four triangular pennants, indicative of the troops he commanded in the field. He carries a knout. Qin Qiong would also have had four triangular banners on his back, but would have held a sword. One style of military door-guard print from Mianzhu exemplifies simplicity. The clarity of the direct, alert and intimidating pose is strengthened by the simple colour scheme, a large area of unbroken bright green combined with rose for details. Mianzhu prints were finished by hand- painting and often enhanced with gold floral or other designs applied by brush or stencil.

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    Details: Door Guard Yuchi Gong, woodblock print on paper, Qing dynasty, early 20th century, Mianzhu, China. (c) The Trustees of the British Museum

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