MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
Cloisonn?nbsp;figures in the form of Buddhist lions with Qianlong reign marks and of the period are rare, although a pair of large figures of lions, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch’ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, pl. 69. See also two imposing figures of lions in the University Museum, Philadelphia, published in Basil Grey, The Arts of the East, London, 1962, pp. 89-90, pl. 73, where it is mentioned that the figures ‘must surely have been made for imperial presentation to a famous temple? Grey notes that it was common practice to use lions in temples, especially ones which were placed at entrances to guard against evil spirits (ibid., p. 90).
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