Peking Imperial Palace (uncertain)
ca. 17th Century
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.
Gift of the Salada Tea Company
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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