A majestic pair of Qing Dynasty Guardian Temple Buddhistic Lions Dogs with triple Sancai glaze. This pair is an outstanding example of the triple glaze coloration technique developed during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) and features very fine detail throughout.
Chinese folk-lore tells us that Foo Dogs or Lion Dogs were the guardians of the temple or home. The female kept her paw on her cub, signifying her as the protector of the home, while the male kept his paw on a globe, signifying him as the protector of the outside world. They were usually found as a pair, facing one another, and were often placed at either a gateway or entrance.
These magnificent pieces are true works of art. They are imposing in both size and weight; in excellent age appropriate condition with a few minor glaze chips.
Size: 40" H (with stand) by 20" D by 17" W.
Weight: approximately 150-200 lbs. each.
Crating is highly recommended for shipment.
Qing Dynasty Temple Guardian Lion Foo Dogs with Sancai Glaze