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These are a very good pair of antique Chinese foo or lion dog sculptures, sometimes called temple lions, made of bronze, with good detail, which we date to the Qing dynasty, late 18th to early 19th Century.


These pieces are well cast with very good detail, showing wear to the high points as expected from use and polishing over a long period, the lustrous copper bronze metal below. The places on the castings where one would not normally polish ( eg. the underside, the back and neck area) are fairly rough to the touch in keeping with their age


These are a substantial pair of bronzes, weighing over 900gm unpacked

Overall a lovely pair of antique Chinese foo dogs with fine detail.



Height: 5.25 in (13.34 cm)

Width: 8 in (20.32 cm)

Depth: 3.25 in (8.26 cm)




Foo, Guardian or Lions Dogs, also known as komainu or shishi, are intimidating, mythical, lion-like creatures seen across a breadth of art forms, ranging from architecture to tattoos. As they symbolize prosperity, success, and guardianship as protective statues, normally found in pairs.

Antique Pair of Chinese Bronze Foo Dogs Good Detail, Qing Dynasty

SKU: M 327
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