Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China | Henan | Zhengzhou

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C432
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Henan | Zhengzhou
Period Wei Dynasty
Date Made Wei Dynasty - Late 6th Century CE
Section Asian
Materials Limestone
Technique Carved
Iconography Fu Lion

Massive stone fu lion sitting very erect on its haunches and throwing out its chest. It is made of weathered grey limestone with traces of yellow paint on the lower part. The lion has a huge muzzle, round eyes, short ears, and an open mouth showing its tongue. There is a small beard and a mane represented in low relief. He has vertical pillar-like front paws. The lion, associated with royal power and prestige, may be a reference to the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, who was known as the "lion of the Shakya clan." This lion is one of a pair with C433 and would have been placed along the entrance to the tomb as a guardian or as a protector at a gate to a temple.

Height 137.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1924

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