This pair of vintage Chinese ceramic foo lion figurines is from the 1940s and is made in the style of Tang dynasty san chai or san cai (three color) ceramics, with blue-green, yellow-brown, and white glazes. They feature a foo lion that is also, we think, an incense burner with the large open mouth. The head and body are primarily painted with the yellow-brown glaze; the nose, ears, and tail with the green glaze; and the haunches with the blue and white glazes. The feet are mostly unglazed.
There are no inscriptions or seals on the base. There are no cracks or broken parts, but there are some imperfections in the glazes. The figures are hollow inside. There is an opening for the mouths of the lions and an opening in the belly. We think the figurines had been buried to save them from damage during the Cultural Revolution because the figure and base were caked with clay. There are still some traces of clay on the figure.
These figurines are approximately 8.5" H x 10” L x 5" W. Combined weight for the two lions = 7.83 lb.