Pair Chinese Shar Pei Small Guardian Dogs Hand Painted Sancai Glaze, circa 1860

$2,470.00

This pair of small Chinese stoneware Shar Pei guardian dogs was made in the mid 19th century circa 1860. They are charming creatures with adorable faces. Each has a hole on its back to hold a joss* (incense) stick. They are decorated with traditional Sancai three-color yellow, purple, and green glazes. Each of the guardian dogs has its custom-made wood stand.

Dimensions: 2″ x 3.5″ X 2.5″ tall.

Condition: Excellent.

In stock

The Shar Pei is a fascinating breed of ancient Chinese pedigree. The Chinese Shar-Pei has characteristics that make him a one-of-a-kind guardian dog. They are steadfastly loyal to family. They are strong, independent guardians of the home, famous for their intelligence and loyalty. They are suspicious of strangers and other dogs and will meet a perceived threat with tenacity and vigor. Their physical traits are a broad hippopotamus-like muzzle, small eyes, tiny triangular ears, and abundant folds of loose skin about the head, neck, and shoulders.

*Joss Sticks are traditionally burned before an Asian religious image or shrine. But some joss stick burning rituals do not need to be done in front of sacred images. Instead, they can be burned before anything that implies no limits. For example, in front of a door or an open window.


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