Antique Chinese Style Temple Guardian Lion Foo Dogs Imperial Lion - 69cm/28" (Pair)
Measures (Height) 69cm/28"
A pair of antique Chinese style Temple Guardian lion, Imperial Guardian lion or Foo Dogs.
Since the introduction of the lion symbolism from Indian culture especially through Buddhist symbolism, statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, and are believed to have powerful protective benefits.
Amidst the grandeur of palaces, temples, and homes in China, the stoic figures of Chinese Foo Dogs, also known as Fu Lions or Imperial Guardian Lions, stand as silent protectors, offering a mystical shield against malevolent forces.
At the entrances of temples, homes, and various architectural structures, Chinese Foo Dogs assume their role as guardians, staunchly positioned to repel negative energy and ward off evil spirits. Their resolute presence symbolizes a powerful barrier, keeping harm at bay and ensuring the safety and well-being of those within.
Despite the name "Foo Dogs," these creatures are not dogs but lions. Lions, traditionally not native to China, were introduced to Chinese culture through trade and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road. Over time, they became symbolic representations of strength, protection, and imperial authority.
Chinese Foo Dogs have strong connections to Buddhism, where lions are revered as sacred animals. It is believed that the Buddha tamed a mythical lion, signifying the control of one's inner nature. This association with Buddhism led to the integration of lion symbolism into Chinese art and iconography.
These stunning statues are cast in the round to show a strong body with an ornate coiffure, full lips and almond-shaped eyes with incised pupils beneath gently curving brows.
Chinese Foo Dogs, with their imposing stature and intricate symbolism, stand as timeless guardians, offering a mystical shield against adversity and negative forces. As we contemplate their resolute postures and delve into the symbolism embedded in their design, we recognize the enduring legacy of these mythical creatures as protectors of prosperity, well-being, and the cultural heritage they represent.
In the presence of Chinese Foo Dogs, we find not only a symbol of protection but a testament to the rich tapestry of beliefs and traditions that have stood the test of time.
Chinese Foo Dogs, with their rich symbolism and intricate designs, stand as enduring guardians of tradition and cultural heritage. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, these mythical creatures embody the principles of protection, balance, and imperial authority.
Whether adorning ancient temples, imperial palaces, or modern homes, the presence of Chinese Foo Dogs continues to resonate with a timeless significance that transcends generations, inviting us to contemplate the profound layers of symbolism embedded in these magnificent sculptures.
The casting of each piece is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.
To aid with safe transport each Foo Dog will be packed in a wood crated before shipping.
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