Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China | Beijing | Palace

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 63-21-2
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Beijing | Palace
Period Qing Dynasty
Date Made ca. 17th Century CE
Section Asian
Materials Enamel | Metal
Technique Cloisonne
Iconography Fu Lion | Fu Dog

In the Qing Dynasty, lions were often found in pairs at the entrance of temples and residences. This female lion, of a pair in the gallery, is differentiated from its male counterpart by the cub under its feet.

This technique, cloisonne, is an enameling process whereby the design is constructed out of wires and soldered to a metal surface. The remaining spaces, called cloisons, are filled with paste and then fired. The use of cloisonne on a figure this size suggests the pair was made in an imperial factory for temples under direct patronage of the Emperor.

Height 226.06 cm
Credit Line Gift of the Salada Tea Company, 1963
Other Number L-506-2 - Other Number

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