Lion Dog

Japanese


Lion Dog, late 19th century, Meiji Period

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Stoneware

Dimensions: 7 7/8 × 8 1/2 in. (20 × 21.6 cm)

Gift of F. Karel Wiest, 1981.30

Since there were no lions in Japan, artists guessed what they looked like by examining representations of them from China and Korea. The artists thought lions resembled dogs, so in the end, Japanese sculptures of lions looked like both a lion and a dog. Lion-dogs were used to guard important places, such as religious shrines.

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