Chinese Porcelain Dragon Dogs Figurine, beautiful handcrafted Chinese brightly colored and glazed porcelain figurine from the 20th Century. Features spikes fur, teeth and pointed tongue.
Brought back from China in the 1980's In good vintage condition but is missing the very tip of his tail. We still love his spunk and don't mind however he has been priced accordingly.
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DIMENSIONS: 3.75"H x 3" W x 2" D
ORIGIN: China, unmarked
CIRCA: 20th Century, estimated 1980
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.