|Inspired by ancient sacred animal from Chinese History, the “Imperial Guardian Lions” or the “Chinese Guardian Lions”, Lotus Arts de Vivre artists have designed a sculpture from free form root wood. They have accented the design with Sterling Silver head, face and paws, while the eyes are set with red stones.
Traditionally known in Chinese simply as Shi, these mythical figures are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China. Their statues have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. When used as statues, a pair would usually consist of a male resting his paw upon an embroidered ball (representing supremacy over the world) and a female reassuring a playful cub that is on its back (representing nurture).
Approximate size : W13 x L27 x H15 cm.
Approximate weight : 1.6 kg.