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

Wooden shield painted with a demon's face, Chinese, 19th century.
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.
 
Currently on display in:
The Science and Art of Medicine
Year made :
1801-1900
Inventory number :
A639108