Stone Lion Links
Information about stone lions (lion dogs, shiisa, foo dogs) as well as koma-inu can be found at the sites below. The most detailed and interesting background on stone lions in the Orient can be found at Shisa Travelogue - four multi-page sections on the history and meaning of stone lions! If you're interested in exploring further, there is a book by Elsie Mitchell which is reviewed here: The Lion-Dog of Buddhist Asia.
Suggestions for additional links are welcome, but no commercial sites, please, unless they have something original to offer. (This page of links is offered as further information for visitors. If you're looking for photos of a variety of Chinese stone lions, the best resource is still this site itself).
|1. Sites in English|
Ancient Greece and Middle East
Lions in the West
|2. Sites in Chinese|
|3. Sites in Japanese|
Stone Lions (石狮子) from Chinese Wikipedia. Text and photos.
Marco Polo Bridge stone lions severely weathered according to experts (风化严重 专家会诊卢沟桥石狮子)
7 Stone Lions from different dynasties discovered at Henan Sinye Site (2004) (河南古城新野发现七只不同朝代石狮) Lions unearthed were sculpted in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.
Koma-Inu (狛犬) Japanese Wikipedia. Text and photos.
Komainu Net (狛犬ネット) boasting pictures of more than 1,000 koma-inu.
Komainu Research Society (狛研) Lots of interesting stuff, including an introduction to Japan's local varieties of koma-inu.
Komainu Paradise (狛犬天国) Has photos (with explanations in Japanese) of koma-inu from all over Japan -- click on links in bottom left window.
Koma-Inu Have Their Roots in the Chin Breed (狛犬のルーツは狆) Strictly speaking, more about the breed than about koma-inu.
Stone Lions in Hainan (1)
Haikou and Sanya
Stone Lions in Hainan (2)
Qionghai and Haikou
Some Slightly Different Stone Lions
Tibetan, Vietnamese, Ming