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Friday, September 30, 2011
The Lion/Dog guardian statues found at some temples in the Far East are not too unfamilar in the West these days, but a closer look finds a few other creatures pressed into service, too -- dragons, foxes and even, at least at one temple in Japan, tigers:There's more than a little housecat in that example, I think (though there's more housecat in tiger behavior and body language than you'd expect). I stumbled across this one while looking up Pekingese dogs a few days ago and it reminded me of Roseholme Cottage's resident felines.
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