Published Sep 30 2013, by

Guardian Lions


The pair of lions swells with power and partake of a long history in human imagination, figuring among the earliest cave drawings of European record. Lion imagery reached China, never a habitat for the lion in nature, with the spread of Buddhism.  Most significant is the pairing of these lions at an entrance to a seat of power – a temple, palace, state building – or in our times as likely a concentration of wealth. They take their stations in the Chinese rhetoric of complementary opposing energies. The Lioness (on the left, when facing the fountain) is a concentration of female yin energy, toying with her cub, an assurance of continuity. The Lion (on the right) is resplendent with yang energy with his paw resting on an embroidered ball trailing ribbons, which is a toy functioning as an image of the complete extent and unity of his domain.