Pair of Wood Carved Gold Leaf Temple Lions beautiful handcrafted Foo Dogs. Application of gold leaf over red paint is traditional and yields a spectacular result! Purchased from a collector who traveled for work. Said to be Burmese from the early 20th century.
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.
There is a right way and a wrong way to position the pair. If you have a pair displaying them together rather than in different rooms is important.
In very good vintage condition. Shows just the right amount of age and natural patina
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DIMENSIONS: 6"H x 2.5" W x 4.5" D each
MATERIALS: Wood with Gold Leaf
ORIGIN: Unmarked, Burma, Myanmar
CIRCA: Early 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Guardian lions, also known as komainu, shishi, temple dogs 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.