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Object Number:C657
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Neiqiu County
Period: Northern Wei Dynasty
Date Made: 4th-5th Century
Early Date: 300
Late Date: 499
Iconography:Winged Lion
Length: 2.13m
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1927


One of a pair of colossal stone winged lions (C656 and C657). Female. The decorative treatment of the bulging chest differentiates the female, which has curved lines that run horizontally like jewelry, from the male, which has lines that run vertically from the neck down. Unlike the male, the female has two horns.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Till, Barry. 1980. Some Observations on Stone Winged Chimeras at Ancient Tomb Sites. Artibus Asiae. 42 (4): pp. 261-281. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 14a,bView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 1View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1939. Chinese Art at the University Museum. Parnassus. 11 (1) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: IllustrationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] March, Benjamin. 1929. China and Japan in our Museums. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 87View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Siren, Osvald. 1928. Winged Chimeras in Early Chinese Art. Eastern Art. Volume I (No. 2): 86-96. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 87-96, Plates 9, 10View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1927. Two Colossal Stone Chimeras from A Chinese Tomb. The Museum Journal. Volume XVIII (No. 2): 159-173. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 159-173/eView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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