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Celadon Karashishi (Chinese lion-dog)

Asian Art

In Japan, the motif of the mythical lion-dog became prevalent after the twelfth century, when it was introduced from China. This image is often associated with both Buddhist and secular meanings. For instance, the Buddhist dharma (teaching) is often likened to the roar of a lion.
MEDIUM White porcelain with celadon glaze (Nabeshima ware)
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES late 18th–early 19th century
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 10 3/8 x 17 1/2in. (26.4 x 44.5cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Guennol Collection
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Celadon Karashishi (Chinese lion-dog), late 18th–early 19th century. White porcelain with celadon glaze (Nabeshima ware), 10 3/8 x 17 1/2in. (26.4 x 44.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Guennol Collection, 1999.70. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.70_transp5543.jpg)
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