Two lions playing with a brocade ball. Kangxi
Both of them, lying down and playing with a brocade ball.
- Period :
- Kangxi (1662-1722)
- 2.95 in. (7.5 cm)
- Reference :
One, Léon Wannieck (Paris)
Lions playing with a brocade ball is a folk activity during traditional Chinese festivals in order to get rid of disaster and pray for good luck. People expect that the lion can drive way bad luck and the brocade ball can bring good luck.
An ancient legend tells that the lion produces milk for its young from its paws, country folk would leave hollow balls in the hills so that the lions, would be tempted to play with them, in doing so leaving their milk in them.