Dustsceawung
Reflection on the remains of the past as a way of emphasising the transience of life was such a common theme in Old English literature that they had a special word for this motif: Dustsceawung, 'contemplation of the dust.'

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statue of a lion, c. seventeenth century, Qing Dynasty, China (possibly Beijing)University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Pairs of lion statues frequently decorated the entrances of both temples and private residences in Qing China. However, as the species was not indigenous and was only known through second-hand accounts, these lion statues were often modeled on a combination of the tiger and the Pekingese pug. The male of the pair (pictured here) was distinguished from the female, who was also given a mane, by the orb beneath his foot, possibly associated with the zhu, the pearl of supremacy and the symbol of sovereign authority. The female was instead depicted with a lion cub under her paw.

statue of a lion, c. seventeenth century, Qing Dynasty, China (possibly Beijing)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Pairs of lion statues frequently decorated the entrances of both temples and private residences in Qing China. However, as the species was not indigenous and was only known through second-hand accounts, these lion statues were often modeled on a combination of the tiger and the Pekingese pug. The male of the pair (pictured here) was distinguished from the female, who was also given a mane, by the orb beneath his foot, possibly associated with the zhu, the pearl of supremacy and the symbol of sovereign authority. The female was instead depicted with a lion cub under her paw.

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