Figure on a Lion

Artist/maker unknown, Thai or Chinese?

Made in Swankhalok kiln, Swankhalok kiln, Si Satchanalai, Thailand, Asia

15th - 16th century or 19th - 20th century

Glazed stoneware with incised decoration (Sawankhalok ware)

7 1/2 x 5 x 2 1/2 inches (19.1 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift from Doris Duke's Southeastern Asian Art Collection, 2003

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This piece was produced at the Sawankhalok kilns in Thailand. It takes the unusual form of a Chinese man seated on a fu dog (also known as a Chinese lion or the “Lion of Buddha”), a mythical creature thought to ward off evil. This Chinese subject was rarely depicted in Thailand.