Pair Mini Carved Jade Foo Dogs beautiful handcrafted Foo Dogs, in natural shades of green jade. Their small size makes them irresistable. Perch them anywhere to ward off evil. Makes a wonderful house warming gift!
One of the most popular and recognized Chinoiserie collectibles perfect to start or add to any collection. Meant to be in pairs. 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.
Each detail of the is symbolic. You can tell their gender by examining what’s beneath the paws. If it has an open mouth and the other has closed one, this may represent the in-and-out breath, or the sound of “om.
If you have a pair displaying them together rather than in different rooms is important.
In very good vintage condition, wear and patina appropriate and desirable.
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DIMENSIONS: 1.5"H x .75" W x 1" D
ORIGIN:China, old, unmarked
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.