Pair Large Chinese Guardian Lions Qing Dynasty 19th Century


Each magnificent Chinese temple lion has bulging eyes, sharp ears, an open mouth, and a fluttering mane.
Their energetic bodies and expressive faces make this a pair of stunning creatures.
This is a “true” pair, a male and a female, made to face each other. The pair are skilfully and boldly potted.
The sculptures date to the late Qing period, during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Made of stoneware and painted in the traditional Chinese sancai three-color glaze on a light brown ground, they are covered in rich green, blue, and amber glazes.
They would traditionally have been used as guardian pieces in a Chinese household.
Temple lions, also known as lion dogs, are celebrated for their auspicious symbolism.
They protect the peace and prosperity of one’s home.

Dimensions: 17″ Height x 16″ Length x 6 1/2″ Depth.

Condition: Excellent

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Background of Chinese Temple Lions

Chinese guardian lions are a traditional Chinese ornament. They are known in everyday English as lion dogs or foo dogs. The concept originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism. Initially used in imperial Chinese palaces, the lions were subsequently made for Chinese homes. These highly stylized lions were thought to protect the home from harmful spiritual influences and harmful people that might be a threat.

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