PAIR Lg RARE Chinese Foo Dog Pottery Ceramic Roof Tiles
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Sold Date: 06/30/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
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"Accordingto Chinese belief, the roof of a building belongs to the spirit worldand acts as a landing platform by the aid of which spirits can descend to and ascend from our world of Mankind on Earth. The deep and underlying reason for roof decoration of buildings generally, and temples and palaces specifically, was to help this communication with the celestial world in order to attract in return, good fortune, protection and blessings."
( Laszlo Legeza, Arts of Asia Magazine, May-June,1982) Description: OUTSTANDING Pair of Chinese Roof Tiles in Gorgeous Colors that look like Majolica. These can be hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf. Roof tiles were placed on ridges and roof edges as guardians and protectors of public buildings and private homes to produce an auspicious aura that would generate favorable Feng Shui. (We are selling these as a pair only. Price listed is for both.) The Foo Dog is also known as the Celestial Dog, and the Happiness Dog. The Foo (or Fu) dog is also known as the lion of Buddha." Used extensively in Asian art, the lions of Buddha were his divine and noble companions, protectors of the truth. They were adopted by the Chinese royal family as protective symbols and also to represent imperial wealth, power, and strength.
Origin: China Condition: Excellent. The only damage we found is the tip of the tongue on one of the foo dogs has been broken off (see photos: it is the one on the right in the top and bottom photos and the one shown in the fourth photo from the top.) It also appears that figures at one time held a spear or sword that is missing.
Manufacturer (if known): unmarked
Age (if known): We believe these are early-to-mid-20th century at the latest
Colors: See photo
Dimensions: Each piece is about 12 1/2" wide, about 14" high and about 4 1/2" at deepest part
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