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. 


Tracy Rowan said...

He's lovely!

Zoomie said...

Maybe it's the ball that make us think they are dogs? He's gorgeous!

namastenancy said...

Yes, he is gorgeous! Apparently it was a Western misunderstanding of the Chinese word "Fu" that led to them being called dogs. But in Chinese, they are definitely lions and have a long history in Asian art and culture. But I am just so pleased with him. The piece is small, maybe 5" x 5" and the edge is wide enough for the piece to sit on the desk like a small sculpture. Now I need a name. Any suggestions?