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

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

MYTHICAL ANIMAL (BIXIE) | [ two horns, wings and tail, dragon head lion body ]  Galerie Zacke

MYTHICAL ANIMAL (BIXIE) | [ two horns, wings and tail, dragon head lion body ] Galerie Zacke

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.

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*)

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…

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

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

Seated Bodhisattva (Maitreya). Northern Wei dynasty (386–534), ca. early 6th century. Longmen Grotto, Luoyang, Henan Province, China | Milwaukee Art Museum

Seated Bodhisattva (Maitreya). Northern Wei dynasty (386–534), ca. early 6th century. Longmen Grotto, Luoyang, Henan Province, China | Milwaukee Art Museum

A Chinese painted pottery figure of a standing lady attendant, well modelled and with traces of original orange and dark red pigments. Sui or early Tang dynasty, 6th/7th century AD.

A Chinese painted pottery figure of a standing lady attendant, well modelled and with traces of original orange and dark red pigments. Sui or early Tang dynasty, 6th/7th century AD.

c 566 AD, tomb guardian of Emperor Wen of Chen ...wikipedia

c 566 AD, tomb guardian of Emperor Wen of Chen ...wikipedia

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