Jan 18, 2005
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 20, 2012

Monster Face: Door Ring Holder (Pushou)

Monster Face: Door Ring Holder (Pushou)



Gilt bronze

Overall: 13.6 x 20 cm (5 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1930.731

Did you know?

Three rivet holes (one on the forehead and one by each limb) were used to nail the mask onto a door.


This gilt bronze Door Ring Holder is in the form of a monster head with curving horns, protruding eyes, three-clawed paws, curling beard, and flame-shaped hair. The tongue dangles from the mouth, in which the creature originally grasped a ring. While it had a practical function as a door knocker, the intimidating form could also frighten away both intruders and evil spirits.

See also
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Gilt bronze

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.