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Object Number: 63-21-2
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Beijing
Palace
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: ca. 17th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 1699
Section:Asian
Materials:Enamel
Metal
Technique:Cloisonne
Iconography:Lion
Height: 226.06cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Salada Tea Company, 1963
Other NumberL-506-2 - Other Number

Description

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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 239 Full pageView Objects cited in this Publication

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