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Chinese Stone Carved Foo Dog Seal
- This shoushan stone seal is surmounted by a beautifully carved foo dog
- The foo dog is a traditional Chinese guardian figure that was thought to protect truth in Buddhism
- Chinese seals like this were used as an official form of the signature
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Meticulously carved of shoushan stone, the foo dog rests upon a sturdy rectangular base, incised by both Chinese characters and a delicately rendered landscape. A chop seal achieving this degree of artistry would certainly have served as a symbol of both status and wealth, and likely would have been intended for a man of great stature. The bottom of this seal, however, remains uncut, suggesting it never reached its intended owner.
Circa 19th century
4 1/2” high x 1 1/2” wide x 1 1/2” deep