Overall: 78.8 cm (31 in.); Base: 49.6 x 41.8 cm (19 1/2 x 16 7/16 in.)
Weight: 197.313 kg (435 lbs.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1965.473
Lion sculptures like this example are often found at the entrance to Buddhist temples in China. It may seem as if they are there to protect the temple. Lions also have had strong associations with Buddhism since the religion’s origin; the dharma, or Buddhist doctrine, is said to be spread through his roar.
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