Guardian Lions in Wuhouci, Chengdu
The Wuhouci (武侯祠 wǔhóucí) is an impressive shrine dedicated to Zhuge Liang of the famous Chinese epic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, as well as other characters in the story. It features a fascinating range of guardian lions.
Wuhouci, Chengdu, Sichuan
First lions inside the entrance
More guardian lions in Wuhouci
The two pairs below are very similar in style and execution. The most salient difference is that one pair has bells at the front while the other does not.
On the entrance to a building
These are guardian lions decorating the solid banisters at the entrance to a building. Although their form is flattened, care has been taken to distinguish the pair by giving the female a lion club.
Lions on pedestal
A small pair on a railing
On a railing beside a pond
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Links to sites about guardian lions on the Internet.