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Statue

Object Number:
63-21-1
Current Location:
China Gallery
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
Peking
Peking Imperial Palace (uncertain)
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
ca. 17th Century
Early Date:
1600
Late Date:
1699
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Enamel
Metal
Technique:
Cloisonne
Iconography:
Lion
Description:
In the Qing Dynasty, lions were often found in pairs at the entrance of the temples and residence. This male lion, one of a pair, is differentiated from its counterpart by the orb under its foot. The orb may be associated with zhu, the pearl of supremecy and the symbol of soverign authority.

The lion is not indigenous to China, so its apperance was only known through drawings or hearsay. The Perkingese pug and the tiger, both native to China, became substitute models for the beasts, making the description of lions in China often appear unrealistic.
Credit Line:
Gift of the Salada Tea Company
Other Number:
L-506-1   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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