Thursday, August 14, 2008

Forbidden City Imperial Guardian Lion Beijing, China

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Summer Palace at Beijing. Image ID: mvey0551, NOAA's Small World Collection. Location: People's Republic of China. Photo Date: 1979 Fall, Photographer: George Saxton, NESDIS, NOAA.

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Forbidden City Imperial Guardian Lion Beijing, China

Chinese guardian lions, also called a Fu Lions, lions of Buddha, or sometimes stone lions in Chinese art, is a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China, which is believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), until the end of the empire in 1911.

Lions of Fo are often created in pairs, with the male playing with a ball and the female with a cub. They occur in many types of Chinese pottery and in Western imitations.

Pairs of Chinese guardian lions, also called Chinese stone 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 specially in local Chinatowns.

In Tibet, the guardian lion is known as a Snow Lion and similar to Japanese shishi. In Myanmar they are called Chinthe and gave their name to the World War II Chindit soldiers.

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