Superb pair of Foo dogs in painted metal
- Foo dogs are actually lions. They originated in China, shi, meaning lion or shishi or stone lion. Yet they resemble the Chow Chow and Shih Tzu which led them to be called foo dogs (or fu dogs) in English.
- Foo dogs were originally displayed outdoors. These Chinese guardian lions were found standing sentry in front of palaces, temples, and homes of the elite. They could be quite massive and imposing with their wide open mouths in midroar. It was much later that smaller more portable ones were produced. Cc1970
Dimensions 60cm high