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Object Number:C433
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Wei Dynasty
Date Made: Wei Dynasty- Late 6th Century
Early Date: 386
Late Date: Wei Dynasty- Late 6th Century
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; ears laid back; the spirit of ferocity not quite so well expressed. Originally a pair this lion would have been placed along the entrance to a tomb as a guardian or as a protector at the gate to the temple

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F.. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 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: Plate 114View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1924. "Chinese Sculpture". The Museum Journal.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania 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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