The lion is inspired by Buddhist lions found outside of temples in Japan. They were one of my favorite things to see in Japan, and I used some of my many pictures as inspiration. This lion is made out of clay and was fired sometime at the end of last year. I got around to painting it with glaze over the quarantine but will have to wait until fall or later to finally get it fired again. The greens, blues, and reds should all be shiny rather than matte once fired.