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Object Number:C433
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
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1924


Stone fu lion. Weathered grey limestone. Companion to C432 and similar to it but the legs are shorter, the chest broader and lower and the neck not so much arched. The ears are laid back with the spirit of ferocity not quite so well expressed. Originally part of a pair, this lion would have been placed along the entrance to a tomb as a guardian or as a protector at the gate of a temple.

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Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
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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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 12 Fig. 4View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China.. London. E. Benn, Ltd. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 30, Plate 114View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1924. "Chinese Sculpture Recently Acquired". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. XV. no. No. 4. pg. 258-287 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 266, plate VIIIView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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