Porcelain Lion Lamps, Date from mid-Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 18" tall (35" tall including lampshade)
A pair of green porcelain lions from the same period, mid-Qing Dynasty, are mounted as lamps and stand on the bookshelves on the east wall, opposite the Coromandel screen.
Although the Chinese consider them to be lions [rarely seen in China], their short, thick bodies more closely resemble Pekinese dogs, which became popular at the Imperial Court of the Qing Dynasty [1644-1912]. They are Buddhist symbols of wisdom, valor, and energy. In the west the shizi have been called "Dogs of Fo" [Dogs of Buddha]. They always appear in pairs. The female can be recognized by the young cub under her left paw. The male (pictured) is identified by the ball or "sun-sphere" under his right paw.
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