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Pair of Chinese Stone Guardian Fu Dogs

Pair of Chinese Stone Guardian Fu Dogs

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900: Item # 1380129
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Emeryville, CA 94608

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Antique Chinese pair of stone temple fu dogs. These fierce guardians would have been placed on either side of the entrance to a Buddhist temple in order to ward off evil spirits. One statue has its mouth open and the other mouth is closed, a symbolic trait to represent the in-and-out breathing of life and the sound of “om.” Heavy in weight.

Late Qing, early 20th century

Dimensions: 8" x 19" x 19" H each overall (base measures 12" x 6 1/2")