This article accompanies the fable
The original cover of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900.
While generally the guardian lions are the color of stone, not red, many smaller decorative wooden lions are painted in red like the great Chinese and Chinatown gates they stand in front of. The lions at the Forbidden City in Beijing include some striking gold ones. Below is a decorative Lunar New Year red lion from Hong Kong.
Lower photo: Efowramet