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Statue

Object Number:
63-21-1
Current Location:
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Beijing
Palace
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 supremacy and the symbol of sovereign authority.

The lion is not indigenous to China, so its appearance was only known through drawings or hearsay. The Pekinese pug and the tiger, both native to China, became substitute models for the beasts, making the description of lions in China often appear unrealistic.
Height:
226.06cm
Credit Line:
Gift of the Salada Tea Company, 1963
Other Number:
L-506-1   -   Old Loan Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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