I am pleased to offer this pair of antique Chinese Foo Dogs in my shop. These are remarkably well done and are truly beautiful. They are both hand-carved in some type of stone (most likely soapstone) and are finely hand painted in red, gold, brown, and black. I am estimating these to be from early 20th century.
One is in excellent condition, the other is almost perfect, but had a tail reglued at some point. Please see detailed pictures.
Height: 4.25 inches
Length: 4 inches
Weight of both: 1270 grams
Chinese guardian lions, known as Shishi (Chinese: 石獅; pinyin: shíshī; literally "stone lion") or Imperial guardian lion, and often called "Foo Dogs" in the West, are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China. They have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. Pairs of guardian lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.
Item ID: 1029
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