A wonderful pair of vintage, ivory coloured Chinese Foo Dogs for a very chic interior décor style.
This stunning pair of are extremely detailed and very heavy making them perfect for use as book ends as well as a stylish statement on their own.
Foo dogs are actually lions although their resemblance to chow chow or shih tzu dogs led them to being identified as dogs in the West. The dogs/lions appeared life sized at the entrances to temples, palaces and other sacred buildings as both guards and symbols of protection.
Foo dogs are always similar but slightly different representing the differences in nature of the two sexes. The female, traditionally positioned to the left of the door, nurtures a baby lion or dog under her paw and symbolises ‘yin’. She protects those within the structure. The male, symbolises ‘yang’ and has a ball under his paw. The ball represents the world and he protects the structure itself.
These foo dogs measure approx. 18cm x 12.5cm x 8cm and are in excellent condition with no chips or marks. I’m not sure what they’re made from, but as they feel warmish to the touch, I believe they may be made from a man-made material such as resin.
They are extremely heavy for their size, the pair weighing 2.75 grams which would mean that they would make marvellous bookends. The bottom of both dogs must have originally been covered with a red cloth as there is still some residual traces of red material and glue on the bottom. The female dog has a glue mark at the bottom of one side.
Be sure to position the female to the left to follow Feng Shui and to protect and nurture your home and all those who live in and enter it.