Year of the Dog

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Lion Dogs (Koma Inu)
Lion Dogs (Koma Inu), Japan, Kamakura period (1185-1336), About 1250. Wood, gesso, paint, crystal, paper and ink, 20 x 6 1/8 x 8 7/8 in. (50.8 x 15.6 x 22.5 cm). Gift of EBSCO Industries, Inc. 1991.755.1-.2.

Happy Chinese New Year! If you were born in 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006, your Asian zodiac sign is the dog.

According to this zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dog are loyal, honest, kind, cautious, stubborn, and ambitious. Dogs are seldom sick and are active in sports. People born in the Year of the Dog often have successful careers as police officers, counselors, interior designers, professors, nurses, and politicians. Famous people born in the Year of the Dog include Winston Churchill, Elvis Presley, Mother Teresa, and Madonna. President Donald Trump was born in the Year of the Dog, too!

To celebrate the Chinese New Year and a new zodiac, spend some time looking for representations of man’s best friend in our Asian Art galleries. How many can you find?