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Large Figure of a Lion Dog

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
This guardian lion would likely have been one of a pair placed on either side of a doorway or altar in a Buddhist setting and was used as an incense burner. Flames on the tail, running up his sides, and around his mouth all serve to underscore the magical quality of the beast.
MEDIUM Cloisonné enamel on copper alloy
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1662-1722
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Kangxi Period
    DIMENSIONS 17 13/16 × 10 1/2 × 25 in., 42 lb. (45.2 × 26.7 × 63.5 cm, 19.05kg)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.542
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Samuel P. Avery
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Large Figure of a Lion Dog, 1662-1722. Cloisonné enamel on copper alloy, 17 13/16 × 10 1/2 × 25 in., 42 lb. (45.2 × 26.7 × 63.5 cm, 19.05kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 09.542. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.542_view2.jpg)
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