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Lot 44 - AUSPICIOUS ANIMAL IN FORM OF A DOGbronze,China, Han Dynasty,Size: 13,2 cm x 9 cmThe [...]

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China, Han Dynasty,

Size: 13,2 cm x 9 cm

The Han Emperor Ling 汉灵帝 (168-189CE) is reputed to have become besotted with dogs, elevating one to a high official rank.
In northern China paper dogs were thrown into water on the fifth day of the fifth month to drive away evil. In this sense a dog accompanies the god Erlang to drive out demons.
This may also explain why dogs were frequently placed at the feet of the dead to guard and keep the deceased company.
A dog that approaches you with its tail wagging is a good sign as it foretells the coming of wealth.

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