We are pleased to offer a good selection of oriental antiques, including Chinese and Japanese ceramics and works of art.

Pictured is an impressive pair of monumental Sancai glazed Temple Lions or “Dogs of Fo”.

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.

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