Guardian lion

Chinese lions, also called Foo Dogs, are sacred to Buddhists as defenders of the law and protectors of sacred buildings. They are always represented in pairs as a manifestation of yin and yang. The female can be recognized by a cub representing the cycle of life and closed mouth. The male has its right front paw placed on a ball and an open mouth symbolising the pronunciation of the sacred word ’om’. This lion, from Kangxi period (1661 - 1722), is made of yellow, green and grey enamelled porcelain. In the middle of lion’s forehead there is a Chinese symbol for ‘The King of Beasts’.
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