Brass Foo Dog Door Knockers, beautiful handcrafted vintage Chinese Brass Foo Dog or Chinese Dragon Door Knockers from the 20th Century. A wonderful mythical creature meant to protect bring good luck, safety, and protection for the inhabitants of the spaces they defend. We also love them as a small hand towel ring, in the garden or a gallery wall. Display a collection to create a feature wall!
One of the most popular and recognized Chinoiserie collectibles perfect to start or add to any collection. Foo dogs are symbolic, protective statues one is female and one is male. The female represents yin and symbolically protects the people dwelling in the home, while the male represents yang, protects the structure itself. They protect both the exterior and interior of those who reside within the space and the power of Foo Dogs is to block the negative energies from entering.
In excellent vintage condition. Shows desirable age and natural wear due to use.
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DIMENSIONS: 4" H x 4" W x 1.5" D, with 3" ring for O/A 16"L
MATERIALS: Brass with natural verdigris
ORIGIN: China, unmarked
CIRCA: 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Guardian lions, also known as komainu, shishi, or foo dogs, are intimidating, mythical, lion-like creatures seen across a breath of art forms, ranging from architecture to tattoos. As they symbolize prosperity, success, and guardianship, they're full of meaning—which has made them popular in Western art too.
In China, you can find Foo dogs famously located in the Forbidden City. These mythical animals symbolize good luck, safety, and protection for the inhabitants of the spaces they defend.