Vintage19c Chinese ceramic Male/Female Foo Dogs/Fu Dogs
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Sold Date: 08/20/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
Vintage 19century Chinese ceramic Male/Female Foo Dogs/Fu Dogs'or 'Lions of Buddha'c1950's These are a PAIR of 19th century Chinese ceramic hand painted Foo Dogs; Fu Dogs or 'Lions of Buddhaâe(tm) - Guardians of the Temple - the Fu is a homonym based on the Chinese word âe~Fuâe(tm) meaning luck or prosperity.. A very attractive matching pair of miniature Fu dogs sitting on pedestals with somewhat of a serene feature to that which verses the typical fierce ones often see. Chinese lions usually appear as male/female pairs with the male holding a ball under one paw, and the female generally holding a lion cub which lies on it's back. One Chinese legend holds that female lions have nipples on the bottoms of their paws which they use to suckle the cub. The ball is believed to represents the "flower of life" - as a union of Heaven and Earth, or the totality of Buddhist law, and the cub is believed to represent the cycle of life. (Alternatively, Chinese today like to point out that while the male lion plays with a ball, the female lion is left to look after the baby). Believed to be of the Ching period - known to some as Chinese famille blau decoration, a rich Turquoise blue glazed surface - the Foo Dog male faces left - Foo Dog female and child faces right - the child is also laying on it's stomach upright against the females uplifted right paw, both adult dogs have quatrafoil pierced bases, and the male has a pierced 'ball'. Both also have opened mouths - some believe that open-mouthed lions are making the mantric sounds âe~ahâe(tm) and âe~umâe(tm). The number of curls on the lionâe(tm)s back is also a indication of the officialâe(tm)s rank in the bureaucratic system - the male has five, and the female has four..and child has four. Marked: stamped "China" in the reverse on the male version only. Size: 8 1/4" total H for the male 8" H for the female, both have a 2 1/4" x 2 1/2" base. We are only able to date these by the overall contents in the box of donated items they were packed into - circa 1950's. Quality pairs of these dogs would reach well over $500.00...based on era etc. Great condition with regards to both, no cracks...and the only real visible chip is on the one right eye of the left male Fu Dog which has taken of some of the black glaze, and the right female Fu Dog who has lost some of the tooth area in the mouth, and ??tongue, and has a small chip on one of her head swirls, that is a little abrasive... Otherwise overall both the Fu Dog are just a little vintage dusty... They also have carved wooden plateforms that they stand on - both of which are stamped China...although one of the feet has unglued.
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