Qing Dynasty Chinese Foo Dog Totems

  • These Qing Dynasty foo dogs represent traditional Chinese protection totems
  • Symbolizing yin and yang, the pair are exceptional examples of sancai ceramics
  • The foo dog, or guardian lion, is a prominent motif of protection and strength in Chinese art
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Item No. 29-8637

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Symbolic of the Chinese concept of yin and yang, this pair of 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, greens, yellows and purples bring the pair to life. 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.

Circa 1900

8" high x 3 3/4" wide x 2 1/2" deep
Qing Dynasty Chinese Foo Dog Totems
Period: 20th Century
Origin: Asia
Type: Figurines/Statuettes
Depth: 2.5 Inches
Width: 3.75 Inches
Height: 8.0 Inches

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