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Object Number:29-96-345
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 16th Century - 17th Century
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 1699
Height: 35 cm
Length: 39 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:25-1963-1 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number


One of a pair of wooden painted temple lions (shishi). These lions are frequently found guarding the doors to temples. The lion, an important symbol of the Buddha, was not native to either China or Japan. Consequently, the shishi found in both China and Japan take on a dog-like appearance.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Collection of Japanese Buddhist Art (1899) View Objects in Exhibition
Japan Gallery (21 Oct 2012 - 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition

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