pair of large and impressive late c19th early c20th chinese carved wood polychrome paint and gilt decorated 'dogs of foo'

Pair of large and impressive late C19th /early C20th Chinese carved wood polychrome paint and gilt decorated 'Dogs of Foo'.



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Pair of large and impressive late C19th/early C20th Chinese carved wood and polychrome paint and gilt decorated 'Dogs of Foo'. Highly decorative pair of Chinese Temple guardian 'Shishi' lion dogs , raised on carved detail rectangular plinth bases. Well-carved detail with original multi-coloured polychrome paint decoration . An opposing and imposing pair, depicting the male and female guardian dogs with their paws raised upon symbolistic spheres and pup respectively. The male paw on the sphere representing supremacy over the world , whilst the restraining female paw on the pup, represents nurture.
The mythical beasts convey their power through detailed bared teeth and vicious claws , whilst their backs display dragon-like spinal scales. The bodies are depicted with coarse , coiled fur ,and the necks wear decorative collars hung with bells and symbols .
The fierce expressions and ferocious presence are well presented ,with multiple colours, gilding and symbolic decorative motifs, including auspicious bats.
Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial Palaces , Imperial tombs and Government offices and homes of the wealthy, since the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) and were believed to have powerful mythic protective powers.
Some losses to painted decoration commensurate with age and wear.
Some shrinkage cracks to bodies , and minor old losses and some historic repairs.
A stunning pair of Guardian lion dogs for an entrance-hall or decorative scheme.
H 34"
W 25"
D 17"
China c.1900
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Internal Ref: ML165


Height = 88 cm (35")
Width = 60 cm (24")
Depth = 42 cm (17")

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