Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Guardian Lion by Alexandra Blum
Chinese guardian lions, known also as Imperial guardian lion or stone lions (石獅, Pinyin: Shíshī) in Chinese art and often (incorrectly) called "Foo Dogs" in the West, are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China. They are believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).
This is the Guardian Lion that I bought from Alexandra on Sunday. He (the male lion has a ball under it's paw, the female plays with a cub) now guards my work space and makes me smile every time I look at him.