Lion

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Geography:
Made in Shaanxi Province, China, Asia

Period:
Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Date:
618-907

Medium:
Marble

Dimensions:
6 7/8 x 5 11/16 inches (17.5 x 14.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1927-20-7

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Story Jenks, 1927

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As a significant animal in Buddhism, the lion has been depicted as the guardian of the Buddha’s throne and erected at the entrance of temples to protect Buddhist sanctuaries. The naturalistic portrayal in this sculpture suggests stylistic influence from the West, which is congruent with its era characterized by cross-cultural exchanges and the ascendance of the religion in China.