Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures – MEIJI!

This wonderful pair of Satsuma Shishi's would certainly be a highlight in every collection of fine Asian ceramics. They are of Japanese origin and date back to the Meiji period (1868 - 1912), probably about 1880.

Each of the lion dogs is clinging onto an ornate ball and is richly decorated with gold color and multi-colored enamels in high relief. One lovely detail is the subtle distinction between these two nearly identical temple guardians: one is portrayed with his mouth shut whilst the other displays his pointed teeth.

The lion (Shi-Shi) is not indigenous to Japan. Thus lion representations are fired by the artist's imagination. It is commonly known as the Phoo lion or Phoo dog (sometimes spelled Fu).

These are Satsuma ceramic. Fine hand painting in gold and multi-colored enamels.

Length of each figure is 8 inches. Height is 7.5 inches.

These are in truly Excellent Condition.

More photos upon request.

Item ID: A4429

Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures – MEIJI!

Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!
Superb Pair Of Antique Satsuma Shi-Shi Lion Dog Figures  – MEIJI!

This wonderful pair of Satsuma Shishi's would certainly be a highlight in every collection of fine Asian ceramics. They are of Japanese origin and date back to the Meiji period (1868 - 1912), probably about 1880.

Each of the lion dogs is clinging onto an ornate ball and is richly decorated with gold color and multi-colored enamels in high relief. One lovely detail is the subtle distinction between these two nearly identical temple guardians: one is portrayed with his mouth shut whilst the other displays his pointed teeth.

The lion (Shi-Shi) is not indigenous to Japan. Thus lion representations are fired by the artist's imagination. It is commonly known as the Phoo lion or Phoo dog (sometimes spelled Fu).

These are Satsuma ceramic. Fine hand painting in gold and multi-colored enamels.

Length of each figure is 8 inches. Height is 7.5 inches.

These are in truly Excellent Condition.

More photos upon request.

Item ID: A4429

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