Vintage Brass Foo Dog detailed and charming this petite Foo Dog also called a temple dragon will stand guard and do his duty and protect your home from evil spirits. An irresistable addition to your Chinoiserie Collection.
Condition appropriate for age and use, just the right amount of patina adds character.
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DIMENSIONS: 4"H x 3" W x 3.75" D
CIRCA: Mid 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.