The Forbidden City

This is a male lion, one of a pair that appears throughout the Forbidden City, China, and various other locations. I spotted a set outside Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, TN. According to Chinese convention, the male lion always has his right paw raised and holds a pomegranate, a symbol of power. The female lion always holds a lion cub under her left paw.


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