Chinese Stone Carving
Late Qing Dynasty, circa: 19th century
in.(27.5cm) X W.10 in.(25cm) X D.10 in.(25cm)
to mane, o.a. very good!
Chinese lion head from the 19th Century, most likely removed from a torn down
building or memorial arch to make way for the rapidly expanding Chinese economy.
Figures such as these have appeared in traditional Chinese architecture for thousands
of years, originating from a practice of Chinese peasants to stigmatize a particularly
cruel ruler, and evolving into ornament and tradition. This lion head possibly
was a corner piece, placed in a spot on the structure that was considered to be
lucky, or in need of a guardian. In this sense, the piece is related to the Feng
Shui practice of precisely positioned pillars and doorposts, placed in accordance
to celestial bodies.
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