*China 1900 Qing Dynasty pair of seals with Foo Dogs sculpted in brownish ochre stone
Carved Foo Dogs sculptures from the China, Qing Dynasty.
A pair of Chinese Foo Dogs stones sculptures, from the period of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), made circa 1900.
They was very finely three-dimensional carved from a single piece of greenish-brownish stone, probably soapstone, depicting the standing figures of the mythological Foo Dog, looking forward. The surface and the bottom parts are carved with Chinese characters, exhibiting great details, especially evident in the mane, the teeth, the claws and hairs.
They are pretty large and each piece have a measures of 76 mm by 51 mm by 172 mm (3 x 2 x 6,75 Inches).
Foo Dog or Pho Dog, is a traditional Chinese architectural ornament. Typically made of stone or jade, these decorations are also known as stone lions or "Shishi". Foo Dogs that are placed inside or outside a building are meant to protect your home or workplace from negative energy.
Since the introduction of this mythical lion symbolism from the Indian culture, specially through Buddhist symbolism, statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, government offices, temples and the home of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han dynasty (206 bc-220 ad), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits.
Provenance: A private collection in New York city collected in the 1964; T.K. Asian antiquities gallery, Williamsburg Virginia; a private collection in Palm Beach FL; then purchased by James & Nancy Markell, Virginia 1976; then by descent to Lauren Markland, Fort Lauderdale, FL.; acquired in Palm Beach, FL. in March 7, 2021
It is in great condition, with no cracks, broken or missing parts. Can be used also as a book ends.
INVENTORY REF: D0000ANNH/.1111