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Collection of 16 Chinese Yellow Glazed Foo Dogs, Early 20th Century, China

$8,200per set


A fabulous and impressive collection of sixteen (16) ceramic Chinese export foo dogs (also known as foo lions), glazed in yellow, green and aubergine, late 19th and early 20th century, circa 1890's - 1930's, China. This incredible collection of sixteen yellow glazed foo dogs consists of six pairs, one near pair, and two individual joss stick holders. The largest pair with a black CHINA mark to the undersides, and the smallest pair with a red CHINA mark to the undersides. The foo dogs have a wonderful sense of charm and whimsy. They are all portrayed in a similar fashion, seated on their haunches upon a raised plinth, and glazed in famille jaune enamels, with yellow glazed bodies highlighted with green and aubergine, the plinths glazed a darker brown purple aubergine. Despite their similarities, they each have their own distinct personality, with expressions ranging from goofy and charming, to mischievous and sassy. The six pairs each consist of a male and a female. The male holds a ball underfoot, while the female has a cub underfoot or scurrying up her leg. The two individual joss stick holders are similar, with one large male and one smaller female, both with narrow vases rising from their backs, meant to hold joss (incense) sticks. The near pair also consists of one male and one female, both of similar height, but with different plinth designs. Heights of the foo dogs range from 4.75" to 12.25". Measurements provided are for the largest foo dog. Foo dogs, also referred to as foo lions, are protective beings, usually depicted in pairs, (one male and one female), originally meant to guard sacred and important spaces - temples and palaces, as well as personal homes and businesses. Lions are not native to China. Early artists had to rely on descriptions of a lion from traveling merchants or monks, which explains their unusual appearance. The notion of the foo lion was introduced into China from two separate directions and traditions. One following the Silk Road east from Persia, where images of lions were used to guard palaces. The other following the path of Buddhism north from India. Originally known as the Lions of the Buddha, the lion in Buddhism is a symbolic protector of the Dharma, often portrayed in pairs supporting the throne of the Buddha or various bodhisattvas.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm)Width: 6 in. (15.24 cm)Depth: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 16
  • Style
    Chinese Export (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. No chips, cracks or repairs noted. One of the smaller lions with the eyes worn. Some of the glazes slightly faded.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894723220012

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Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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