Guardian Lion

c. 600
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.)
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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.
Guardian Lion

Guardian Lion

c. 600

China, Tang dynasty (618-907)

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