From: Japan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-96-344
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Japanese | Buddhist
Provenience Japan
Date Made 16th Century - 17th Century
Section Asian
Materials Wood
Iconography Lion

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.

Height 40.5 cm
Length 37 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number 25-1963-2 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number

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