5 Feet Tall Hand Carved Wooden Foo Dogs - Pair
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For sale are my hand carved wooden Foo Dogs they are 5 feet tall. I have owned them for 20 ...
moreFor sale are my hand carved wooden Foo Dogs they are 5 feet tall. I have owned them for 20 years. I bought them in an antique shop in Dallas and was told they were made in the mid 1800’s. I can not verify this. Each dog comes in two pieces. A hand carved base and then the dog itself which sits on top of the base. They weigh approximately 100 LBs each.
They are in excellent condition for their age. All of the ornate carving is in tack and no pieces have been broken off. There is normal wear and tear as they are presumed to be over 150 years old. There is a crack on the piece that rests on the base on both dogs. It was there 20 years ago when I bought them. They are solid as the day I bought them.
I had them crated and shipped here without any problem and will work with the buyer to do the same.
In both ancient and modern Chinese culture small to very large pairs of stone lions are often displayed outside the entrance of official buildings, temples, businesses, and even private residences. These lions are often referred to in the Chinese language as Stone Lions, Buddha Lions or Buddha Dogs. They are most commonly known to Westerners as Foo Dogs. The Chinese word “Fo” (sound like Fu) represents Buddhism (Fo Jiaw) in general.
Chinese Lion Symbolism
Within Buddhism the lion is held in great esteem as a powerful animal bravely advancing against evil. In Chinese culture the lion is the king of beasts and a symbol of great power and dignity. It is a divine auspicious and sacred animal with powers to suppress other animals and defeat evil spirits.
Foo Dog Common Features
Although the features of Foo Dog statues may greatly very, there are common traits found in the majority of statues. The right Foo Dog is male and the left Foo Dog is female. They have curled hair, large eyes, an opening mouth and outstretched paws. Under the left paw of the male Foo Dog is a decorative, ornamental ball or pearl. Under the right paw of the female Foo Dog is a playful lion cub usually lying on their back. In ancient China the number of bumps or coils in the Foo Dogs mane symbolized the rank of the official whose building they were guarding. The more coils, the higher the rank.
Being so old, they show signs of normal wear and tear. less
- 22ʺW × 30ʺD × 60ʺH
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