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Smithsonian Pair of Foo Dogs
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These fine porcelain Foo, or Fu, Dogs are Chinese lion guardians that are stationed at the entrance to or just inside of a building to ensure positive energy. Dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 ACE), these auspicious animals are always displayed in pairs. The male represents the yin; the female the yang—ensuring a harmonious balance. Like this pair, Foo Dogs are often depicted with symbols under one of their paws—the male with a ball (symbolizing the world) and the female, with a cub (symbolizing her protection of every one inside). These beautiful Foo Dogs are finished in crackle glaze of light blue/gray. Fine porcelain.
Foo Dogs are among the numerous Chinese artifacts held in our Freer Gallery of Art. A gift to the nation from Charles Lang Freer, the Gallery contains an extensive collection of oriental art, prints, sculpture, stoneware, and porcelain.
Pair. Each, 14"h. x 9"w. x 5"d.
This item cannot be shipped outside the contiguous U.S.
Additional $9.95 for delivery.

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