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Pair of Blue Ceramic Chinese Guardian Lions

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Pair of Blue Ceramic Chinese Guardian Lions

$550.00
These newly made Chinese guardian lions also referred to as foo dogs are from France and were made from ceramic. They are perfect to add a pop of color to any room. Since the introduction of the lion symbolism during the Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 220) from Indian culture especially through Buddhist symbolism, statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. They are also used in other artistic contexts, for example on door-knockers, and in pottery. Pairs of guardian lion statues are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.

The lions are usually depicted in pairs. When used as statuary the pair would consist of a male leaning his paw upon an embroidered ball (in imperial contexts, representing supremacy over the world) and a female restraining a playful cub that is on its back (representing nurture).
Origin | France
Year Made | 21st Century
Material | Ceramic
Dimensions | 3.5"W x 4"D x 12"H
ID | 18E03064
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