University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-96-344
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Japanese
Buddhist
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 16th Century - 17th Century
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 16th Century - 17th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Iconography:Lion
Height: 40.5 cm
Length: 37 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:25-1963-2 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number

Description

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.Thorn on head.


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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