Guardian Lion

Guardian Lion

c. 600

White marble

Overall: 78.8 cm (31 in.); Base: 49.6 x 41.8 cm (19 1/2 x 16 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1965.473

Description

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.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
White marble

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