Chinese Guardian Lion – Yellow Jade


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Sizes: L8cm x W6.5cm x H15cm
Weight: 2.157 Kg

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*Chinese guardian lion
Chinese or Imperial guardian lions are a traditional Chinese architectural ornament. Typically made of stone, they are also known as stone lions. The concept, which originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism, features a pair of highly stylized lions, which were thought to protect the building from harmful spiritual influences and harmful people that might be a threat. Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials, and the wealthy, and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits.They are also used in other artistic contexts, for example on door-knockers, and in pottery. Pair of guardian lions statue are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurant, hotels, and other structure, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in china, in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatown. With the increased trade during the Han dynasty and cultural exchanges through the silk road, lions were introduced into China from the ancient states of Central Asia by people of Sogdiana, Samarkand, and the Yuezhi,(月氏) in the form of pelts and live tribute, along with stories about them from Buddhist priests and travelers of the time. Lions seemed appropriately legal beasts to guard the emperor’s gates and have been used as such since. There are various styles of guardian lions reflecting influences from different time periods, imperial dynasty, and regions of China. These styles vary in their artistic detail and adornment as well as in the depiction of the lions from fierce to serene. Although the form of the Chinese guardian lions was quite varied during its early history in China, the appearance, pose, and accessories of the lions eventually became standardized and formalized during the Ming and Qing dynasties into more or less its present form. The lions always presented in pairs, a mainfestation of ❛yin and yang❜, the female representing yin and the male yang. The male lion has its right front paw on a type of cloth ball simply call an “embroidered ball”(绣球,xiu qiu),which is sometimes carved with geometric pattern. The female is essentiality identical, but has a cub under the left paw, representing the cycle of life. Symbolically, the female lion protects those dwelling inside (the living soul within), while the male guards the structure(the external material elements). According to feng shui, correct placement of the lions is important to ensure their benefical effect. When looking at the entrance from outside the building, facing the lions, the male lion with he ball is on the right, and the female with the cub is on the left.The lions traditionally carved from decorative stone, such as marble and granite or cast in bronze or ion. Because of the high cost of these material and the labor required to produce them, private use of guardian lions was traditionally reserved for wealthy or elite families. Indeed, a traditional symbol of a family’s wealth or social statue was the placement of guardian lions in front of the family home. However, in modern timesless expensive lions, mass-produced in concrete and resin, have became available and their use is therefore no longer restricted to the elite.

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Weight 2.4 kg