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Some Slightly Different Stone Lions


These stone lions have been put in this section because they are somewhat different from the run-of-the-mill stone lion found in China. They include lions outside a Tibetan temple, some whimsical-looking lions from Hue, Vietnam, and a Ming-dynasty lion.

Lions outside a Tibetan temple on the way to Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan province (they don't appear to be made of stone at all)
Lion outside Tibetan temple, Sichuan (male)
Lion outside Tibetan temple, Sichuan (female)


Two rather idiosyncratic stone lions in Hue, Vietnam
Stone lion in Hue, Vietnam (male)
Stone lion in Hue, Vietnam (female)



Ming dynasty stone lion outside the ancient Daoist temple in Lecheng, Qionghai, Hainan. This is the sole survivor of the pair. Ming dynasty lions are quite different from later lions because (1) they don't look like lions, (2) they don't look ferocious, and (3) there is no differentiation into male and female lions. To my regret, I failed to photograph a fine pair of Ming lions, looking somewhat similar to this one, at Zumiao in Foshan, Guangdong Province.
The current lions outside the temple can be found at Stone Lions in Hainan (2)
Ming dynasty stone lion in Lecheng, Qionghai



Stone Lions in Hainan (1)
Haikou and Sanya
Stone Lions in Hainan (2)
Qionghai and Haikou
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