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Guardian Lions in Shenzhen (2)


An impressive pair of lions taken outside Shenzhen city office (Guangdong prefecture). These lions project an aura of power through their size, solidity, and firmness of posture, along with the materials used and careful workmanship.




Style: Imperial lions.

Body type: Stocky and solid, with musculature showing.

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

Gaze: Straight ahead.

Mane: Standard coiffe. Mane starts on top of head and protrudes prominently on either side of the head and shoulders.

Ears: Short and pointy, nestling within the front part of the mane.

Forehead: Forehead has three clearly marked lobes.

Eyebrows: Minimal studs. Low-hanging, rise (and become elongated) towards the temples.

Point between eyebrows: Double embedded 'beans'.

Eyes: Clearly defined; pupil is apparent.

Nostrils: Flared.

Mouth: Open; top and bottom row of teeth visible with larger incisors at left and right of top and bottom jaws. Teeth finely modelled. Tongue is visible. Male (and possibly female) has ball in mouth.

Moustache: Fine lines on cheek.

Beard: Two wavy beards.

Neck: Short.

Halter: Visible; decorated.

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). Outside paw on the ground, inside paw on cub and ball.

Sexual differentiation: Standard (cub vs globe).

Style of cub: Lying on back with legs up, diagonal to mother's paw. Good detail.

Style of globe: Latticed surface, with silk 'streamer'.

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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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