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  Chinese door gods

 

China

The Chinese door gods Qin Shubao and Yuchi Jingde, depicted on the doors of the Chen Ancestral Temple in Guangzhou, China. Door gods always face each other, as it is considered bad luck to place the figures back-to-back.

 

Qin Shubao is typically represented with a goatee-like beard and holding a long-handle mace, whereas Yuchi Jingde has a full beard and holds a long-handle battle axe. Usually and as portrayed here, Qin Shubao has a reddish-pink complexion whilst Yuchi Jingde is rather brownish.

 

  Chinese door gods