Chinese guardian lions - San Jose, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 37° 19.184 W 121° 49.393
10S E 604267 N 4130991
Quick Description: These Chinese guardian lions on King Rd in San Jose.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/16/2012 11:06:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMDHB9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Savoy
Views: 4

Long Description:
"Chinese guardian lions, known as Shishi (Chinese: ??; pinyin: shíshi; literally "stone lion") or Imperial guardian lion, and often incorrectly called "Foo Dogs" in the West, are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China. They have 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), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. Pairs of guardian lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.
A Ming Dynasty Shishi in the Forbidden City
A Qing-era guardian lion pair within the Forbidden City. Note the different appearance of the face and details in the decorative items, compared to the earlier Ming version

The lions are always created in pairs, with the male resting his paw upon the world and the female restraining a playful cub that is on its back. They occur in many types of Chinese pottery and in Western imitations." (visit link)
Time Period: Ancient

Epic Type: Mythical

Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art

Approximate Date of Epic Period: Not listed

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