Early Ceramic Foo Lion
Stunning turquoise glaze highlights this pottery foo lion. It appears to have been either a roof tile chimney or an incense brazier due to the interior residue and aging. It is quite old and has an amazing patina. Beautifully crafted with swirling mane and elegant detail. Stands approximately 7 1/4" high. Exquisite color. This is a strong and stunning piece! Highly desirable collector's piece for the connoisseur of fine antique Chinese ceramics.
The Fu Lion was originally introduced to Han China as the protector of dharma and these lions have been found in religious art as early as 208 BC.Gradually they were incorporated as guardians of the Chinese Imperial Palaces and temples. Lions seemed appropriately regal beasts to guard the emperor'sgates and have been used as such since. There are various styles of imperial guardian lions reflecting influences from different time periods, imperial dynasties, and regions of China. These styles vary in their artistic detail and adornment as well as in the depiction of the lions from fierce to serene.
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