HUGE Foo Dogs - PAIR Sancai Glaze Foo Dog Statues Temple Lions Feng Shui Ceramic Figures

£1,495.00 GBP

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PAIR of Monumental Chinese Sancai Foo Dog Statues

Extremely decorative and colorful pair of Chinese Sancai glazed statues in the form of foo dog lions, each in a mirrored format with open jaws.

Symbolic of the Chinese concept of yin and yang, this monumental pair of Sancai polychrome foo dogs represent totems of protection and prosperity.

The female (yin) and male (yang) foo dogs are crafted in the Sancai style, a popular type of decoration using glazes in three different colors, here in greens, yellows and browns.

The male rests his paw on a small ball, which represents the world, while the female holds a cub that is representative of life and nature.

Together, the pair symbolically offers protection and keeps their owners from harm.

The foo dog (also known as a guardian lion) has stood as a prominent symbol in Chinese culture for centuries, primarily adorning the entrances of important buildings since the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E to 220 C.E.).

Their name is derived from the Chinese word for Buddha, or "fó," and were used at the entrances of Buddhist temples as protectors. Such a meaningful grouping of finely crafted animals as these is a remarkable find.

Their manes are styled as snail curls, imitating the hair of the Buddha, a figure they are closely associated with.

Both wear collars decorated with lion masks holding bells at the front, and tied with an endless knot at the back.

In the Style of: Qing
Place of Origin: China
Date of Manufacture: Circa mid 20th century
Materials and Techniques: Glazed ceramic
Condition: Very good condition, a few minor chips as one would expect with ceramics of this age and type (please study photographs).
Size: 24" high x 10 1/2" wide x 12 1/2" deep

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