The temple is one of the important representatives of traditional Chinese culture. And the bronze temple lion statue placed at the entrance of the temple is an important component of temple culture. Today, I would like to introduce to you a pair of bronze lion statue placed at the entrance of a temple. These two lion sculptures are respectively two walking lions. One roaring with his mouth open, the other closing his mouth. And two little monks standing next to the two lions.
1、 Symbolic significance
The lion has always been one of the important totems in traditional Chinese culture. And is regarded as a symbol of bravery, majesty, solemnity, and auspiciousness. The bronze statue of the lion at the entrance of the temple carries a deeper symbolic significance. The two walking lions, one with a roaring mouth and the other with a shut mouth, respectively represent “breathing with an open mouth” and “roaring with a closed mouth”, imply the philosophy of harmony between yin and yang, and the unity of heaven and man. At the same time, the standing posture of the young monk represents respect for Buddhism and the protection of temples, reflecting the value of attaching importance to religious beliefs in traditional Chinese culture.
2、 Artistic value of Temple Lion Statue
This pair of lion bronze sculptures at the entrance of the temple is not only a decorative artwork, but also an art work full of cultural connotations. The modeling lines of the lion statue are smooth, concise, and lively. The lion’s posture, expression, and action are of great aesthetic value. Through ingenious conception and exquisite craftsmanship, the sculptor perfectly integrates the artistic value and symbolic significance of lion statue. While appreciating the statues, one cannot help but marvel at the breadth and depth of traditional Chinese culture.
3、 Historical significance
The bronze statue of lions placed at the entrance of the temple have a long history and cultural heritage. Lion statue originated in ancient India and was later introduced to China through the Silk Road of the Han Dynasty. It has undergone profound development and evolution of Chinese culture. This pair of lion bronze statue is to inherit and develop traditional culture.