Imperial Guardian Lions, Chinese Foo Dogs, pair. 10.5" long, 7" high, 4 deep. Nicely carved vintage Foo Dog pair, in very good condition, a few minor scuffs on the bottom of the feet. Info about foo Dogs: Foo Dogs are mythical animals and guardians of the heavenly gate.
They have fear-inspiring faces and muscular bodies and are believed to be protectors that ward off evil influences and spirits. It is their task to probe the mind and intentions of the entering guest. The Foo Dogs also nourish Chi that enters the home or business premises and thus brings in good fortune. The use of carved stone lions to guard an entrance to a home or sacred space goes back to the year 206 BC. These imposing beasts were said to have magical protective powers that would protect the inhabitants from harm.
The presence of the roaring lions, real or not, was said to keep thieves and negative energy from entering the property. The animals also conveyed the wealth and power of the owners.Interesting and beautiful addition to your collection! The item "Imperial Guardian Lions, 10.5 Chinese Foo Dogs Carved Jade pair, fengshui" is in sale since Sunday, December 16, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues". The seller is "jonihamari" and is located in Cave Creek, Arizona.
This item can be shipped to United States.