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Guardian Lions in Chengdu (1)


This is a pair of stone lions photographed outside a hotel restaurant in Chengdu. They have a chunky, squarish shape that manifests itself in their total aspect. These lions are located indoors, hence the yellowish lighting.

They are in a simplified orthodox style and not overly large, but manage to project a solid and impressive air.

Guardian lion in California Garden Hotel, Chengdu (female)
Guardian lion in California Garden Hotel, Chengdu (male)


Type: Imperial lions.

Body type: Stocky and solid, with some musculature.

Stance: Orthodox (solid stance, seated on haunches with free front paw firmly planted on the ground).

Gaze: Straight ahead.

Mane: Standard coiffe. Mane is at back of head, leaving the forehead clear. Mane does not obtrude at the sides.

Ears: Short and pointy at each side. Ears are clear of the mane.

Forehead: Broad. Top of head is smooth and flat, with three lobes only vaguely apparent.

Eyebrows: Curly, flaring upwards at outside.

Point between eyebrows: Single large swelling.

Eyes: Clearly defined.

Nostrils: Flared, some lines of decoration on top.

Mouth: Open, top and bottom row of teeth visible with larger incisors at left and right of top and bottom jaws. Teeth not finely modelled.

Moustache: Fine lines on cheek.

Beard: Two wavy beards.

Halter: Visible; simple decoration.

Pendants on halter: At front, a single round bell hanging from a clasp in the shape of a wild beast's face. A tassel at each shoulder.

Front legs: Standard (muscular). One paw solidly on the ground.

Sexual differentiation: Standard (cub vs globe).

Style of cub: Standard (lying on back with legs up). Good detail.

Style of globe: Latticed surface.

Guardian Lions in Zumiao, Foshan

Guardian Lions in Wuhouci (Chengdu)

Guardian Lions Shot in Chengdu (1)

Guardian Lions Shot in Chengdu (2)

Guardian Lions Shot in Shenzhen (1)

Guardian Lions Shot in Shenzhen (2)

Guardian Lions in Hainan (1) Haikou and Sanya

Guardian Lions in Hainan (2) Qionghai and Haikou

Guardian Lions in Hainan (3) Haikou

Lions Guarding a Haikou Park

Some Slightly Different Guardian Lions Tibetan, Vietnamese, Ming

Some Western-influenced Guardian Lions in China

Links to sites about guardian lions on the Internet.

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