Roaring Guardians:
The Mari-Cha Lion

Exhibition features

  • Mari-Cha Lion: a rare mid-11th to mid-12th century South Italian bronze sculpture
  • Asian objects from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III Collection
  • Contemporary artworks by seven Asian artists
  • An augmented reality interactive display
  • 2 films on the significance of the Mari-Cha Lion narrated by the Lion herself
  • 1 behind-the-scenes film with medieval art specialist, Richard Chamber

Exhibition period

  • Asia Society Hong Kong Center
  • 20 January to 19 February 2017


  • 30,000 visitors
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Lions have been a symbol of courage, majesty and protection across centuries and regions. This exhibition explores the religious, imperial and vernacular significance of the lion symbol by presenting the remarkable Mari-Cha Lion, on public view in Hong Kong for the first time. Complemented by artefacts, interactive exhibits and short films specially commissioned for the exhibition.

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Interviewing art specialist Richard Chamber
The Lion's Origins - video for social media
The Lion's Roar - video for social media
Behind the scenes: the lion arrives in Hong Kong