Tianlu (heavenly emolument) and Bixie (evil dispeller) are two Chinese mythological animals that herald in good fortune and keep evil at bay. Both look like a lion except for their wings--the one with only one horn on his head is tianlu and the one with two horns is Bixie. During the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. -220 A.D.), the images of both animals were for ornamentation purposes. Sculptures of them were placed in front of tombs to suggest the dignity and power
Liang dynasty - A bixie near the tomb of Xiao Jing, widely regarded as Nanjing's icon - During the Liang dynasty, in 547 a Persian embassy paid tribute to the Liang, amber was recorded as originating from Persia by the Book of Liang. A Liang scion named Xiao Xian attempted to revive the Liang dynasty during the collapse of the Sui dynasty. He was defeated and executed by Emperor Gaozu of Tang.
593 AD, one of two Lion alter piece guardians, bronze, 3.75 inches hi, Sui Dynasty, China ....from MFA.org .....(you can see a closeup of his counterpart, head turned, lovably goofy look on his face @ Scala Archives.org*)
Jades of the Shang (18th–12th century BC), Zhou (1111–255 BC), and Han (206 BC–AD 220) dynasties are increasingly embellished with animal and other decorative motifs characteristic of those times, and craftsmen developed great skill in detailed small relief work in objects such as the belt-hooks that became part of elite costume. In later periods ancient jade shapes, shapes derived from bronze sacrificial vessels, and motifs of painting were used, essentially to demonstrate the craftsman's…
Tianlu (alternate or related names: bixie, bi xie, pixiu, pi yao, p'i-hsiu......) guarding tomb of Emperor Wu of Liang (pre ruling name: Xiao Yan), founder of Liang Dynasty (502-557 AD) during Northern and Southern period. ....from Wikimedia