Stand in the Form of a Crouching Lion

A work made of yue ware; stoneware with underglaze molded decoration.
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  • A work made of yue ware; stoneware with underglaze molded decoration.

Date:

Western Jin dynasty, (265–316), late 3rd century

Artist:

China

About this artwork

This crouching leonine animal may be a fanciful depiction of a lion—an animal not indigenous to China but initially introduced under the patronage of Buddhism, where it appeared as an emblem for the historical Buddha and as guardian of the faith. This small but imaginative form, carefully modeled with long beard and curled mane, likely served as a candlestand.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 134

Title

Stand in the Form of a Crouching Lion

Origin

China

Date

265 AD–299 AD

Medium

Yue ware; stoneware with underglaze molded decoration

Dimensions

7.0 × 10.6 × 6.0 cm (2 3/4 × 4 3/16 × 2 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1954.470

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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