Gorgeous large, rare pair of foo dog shishi guardian lions made of very heavy-weight plaster refreshed in a warm, glossy, bold yet surprisingly neutral, hermès orange finish that really showcases their amazing dimensional textures and eye-catching silhouettes. They will provide a stylish color pop, worldly vintage charm, and modern appeal to any stylized interior. As traditional household guardians, foo dogs are among the most formidable figures in chinese lore.This pair of vintage orange "foo dogs", "fu lions", or the proper chinese term "shishi" which literally translates to "stone lion" are dramatic and absolutely stunning they have striking silhouettes with legendary mystique and timeless design. They make a strong statement and add style to any interior or garden setting. They are highly textured and beautifully detailed with an alert and eager presence, a proud stance, with larger than life characters. Their faces have a fierce look about them with glaring eyes, and snarling mouths. This threatening appearance is believed to guard against evil spirits. They are both in amazing condition with no chips or cracks. Even better in person very heavy-weight. I will cover the bottoms with felt for surface protection. These majestic creatures were known to have benefic protective powers and traditionally graced or guarded temples, tombs, important buildings, and homes of the wealthy. The name of buddha in chinese is fo or fu. These dogs of fu, or, foo dogs, were buddha's companions and were legendary providers of prosperity, good fortune and protection. The can be found as single statues but are most off created in pairs depicting a male and a female/ying and yang.
The male lion which represents the world or the home and the female representing the cycle of life or the home's inhabitants. Traditionally, the male guards the structure and the female protects those dwelling inside. A truly stunning shishi duo. D i m e n s i o n s.
10 long x 7 1/5 wide x 9 1/2 tall. Unpackaged weight 12.9 lbs. This item is made of plaster and ceramic.
The style is asian and mid century.