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Object Number:C432
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Wei Dynasty
Date Made: Wei Dynasty - Late 6th Century CE
Early Date: 386
Late Date: 599
Iconography:Fu Lion
Height: 137.2 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1924


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. pg. 9-50 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 13, Fig. 5View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1924. "Chinese Sculpture Recently Acquired". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. XV. no. 4. pg. 258-287 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 264, plate VIIView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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