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Chinese Guardian Lions $10 2oz .999 pure silver 2-coin set.
This beautiful set of two 2 coins is dedicated to the Buddhist Guardian Lions, commonly known as Foo Dogs, appeared in China during the Han dynasty. The coins feature the Smartminting technology, have a beautiful design, have a black proof quality.
Limited mintage to only 888 pcs. worldwide. With box and COA.
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|Face Value :||10 Dollars (x2)|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||2oz (x2)|
|Size :||38.61 mm|
|Quality :||Black Proof|
|Mintage :||Only 888 pcs. worldwide|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
Chinese guardian lions or Imperial guardian lions, often called "Foo Dogs" in the West, are a common representation of the lion in imperial China. Chinese guardian lions are sometimes referred to in English as shishi, from the Chinese shí shī (Chinese: 石獅; pinyin: shíshī; literally: "stone lion"), which refers specifically to lion sculptures in stone. The concept, which originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism, subsequently spread to other parts of Asia including, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos.
Since the introduction of the lion symbolism from Indian culture especially through Buddhist symbolism, statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. They are also used in other artistic contexts, for example on door-knockers, and in pottery. Pairs of guardian lion statues are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.
The lions are usually depicted in pairs. When used as statuary the pair would consist of a male leaning his paw upon an embroidered ball (in imperial contexts, representing supremacy over the world ) and a female restraining a playful cub that is on its back (representing nurture ).
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