About this artwork
This crouching leonine animal may be a fanciful depiction of a lion—an animal not indigenous to China but initially introduced under the patronage of Buddhism, where it appeared as an emblem for the historical Buddha and as guardian of the faith. This small but imaginative form, carefully modeled with long beard and curled mane, likely served as a candlestand.
- Stand in the Form of a Crouching Lion
- 265 CE–299 CE
- Yue ware; stoneware with underglaze molded decoration
- 7.0 × 10.6 × 6.0 cm (2 3/4 × 4 3/16 × 2 3/8 in.)
- Gift of Russell Tyson