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Looking for something alluring and one-of-a-kind to frame your entryway? Consider a pair of Foo Dog statues. Here at Chairish, we carry Foo Dog statues in a wide array of colors and styles. Browse our collection to find the perfect pair for adorning your entry console, bookshelves, or coffee table.

Bring Feng Shui to Your Home with Antique Foo Dog Statues

Foo Dog statues have thousands of years of history, tracing back to ancient China. Despite their name, Foo Dogs actually represent lions, usually depicted with stylistically bulging eyes, curly hair, and menacing fangs. Historically, these statues have been placed outside at entrance ways of homes in order to guard the grounds and the people within. According to Chinese lore, stone lions hold the ability to cleanse shar chi, the negative force that comes from sharp corners, sickness, and busy crowds. Originally intended to drive away negative energy at the entrance of Buddhist temples, Foo Dog statues began to also guard the wealthy and prestigious residences.

Each pair includes a female and male guardian lion—meant to symbolize yin and yang. The male lion is often depicted with a ball beneath its right front paw, while the female statue is frequently represented with a cub. According to the Chinese thought of feng shui, the system of spatial arrangement to balance the flow of energy, there is a correct way to arrange these stone guardians. To maximize harmony and good fortune in your home, make sure to place Foo Dog statues on either side of a door or entryway looking outward. Also, if you’re facing the entryway, the male statue should be on the right and the female on the left. If you’re utilizing them in smaller spaces—as bookends, for example—then make sure they’re in the same room or table or shelf.