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Shíshī in China or  komainu in Japan, chinese guardian lions ( often called Fu-dogs in Occident) as a element of far-eastern culture always fascinated me by on one hand  the meaning of this imporant symbol and on the other by this exoctic interpretation of the prinicpal of believes in far-eastern countries as an equivalent of religious folklore just as the virgin or a crucifix in christianity, star of David or mezuzah in judaism or a hand of Fathma in islam.
In Shanghai I have found a very beautiful example of the picturing the pair of these guardian lions – inspiring:

Michal Korman: Fu-dog Variation, oil on canvas 116x89 cm, Paris

Michal Korman: Fu-dog Variation, oil on canvas 116×89 cm, Paris

 

Michal Korman: You play with star in heaven while we..., oil on canvas two parts, 46x37,5 cm each, 2014 Paris

Michal Korman: You play with stars in heaven while we…, oil on canvas two parts, 46×37,5 cm each, 2014 Paris