Foo Dogs are Chinese protection symbols of feng shui that typically guard the entrance ways to
buildings and homes. Ironically, they don't actually depict dogs, but rather lions. They are always presented
in pairs and are traditionally carved from granite, marble or some other decorative stone.
However, they may
also be cast in iron, bronze or ceramic and even gold leaf. Due to the high cost of the materials and craftsmanship required to
sculpt them, these statues were usually reserved for only the wealthiest and most prestigious families, or
imperial palaces, tombs and governmental offices.
Consequently, they represented not only sacred protectors against negative energy, but aristocratic status as well.
Construction: Fiberglass , resin and a pumice marble stone surface
For use indoors or outdoors
Comes as the set shown with one male statue and on female statue
and two plinth bases.
Trucked directly to your curb
Sizes: Foo Lion Dog only sizes are 50" tall by 29" wide by 44" long
Plinth bases are: 50" long by 33" wide by 30" tall
Plinth base weigh 136 lbs each
and dogs / lions weigh approx. 83 lbs each
Comes as shown , we cannot sell bases or individual foo dogs alone.
History of your new statues:
Their mythology has origins that can be traced back to Buddhism in the Chinese Han Dynasty during the
second century B.C. According to Buddhist legend, preaching the truth of the Dharma is akin to roaring like a lion
which will eventually silence all other voices. Theses lions, which were introduced to China through the Silk Road
trade route, were often kept by the emperor and his family. These live pets served as inspiration for the imperial guardian lion
sculptures. The Chinese refer to them which literally translates to lion
Over the centuries, the popularity of these symbolic lions spread from China to Tibet, Thailand, Korea, Japan and
across Asia. Japan adopted them from Korea and referred to them as Korean Dogs.
The Japanese then introduced them to Western cultures, who altered the name to foo dogs or fu dogs
Although, the words translate to prosperity, Chinese rarely use these prefixes in conjunction
with guardian symbols and never refer to them as dogs. Inconsistent references are compounded by the
fact that these statues often more closely resemble Chinese breeds of dogs – Chow Chow and Shih Tzu – than
Chinese or Imperial guardian lions are a traditional Chinese architectural ornament. Typically made of stone,
they are also known as stone lions or shishi. They are known in English as lion dogs
or foo dogs. The concept, which originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism, features a pair of
highly stylized lions often one male with a ball and one female with a lion cub under foot which were thought to protect the
building from harmful spiritual influences and harmful people that might be a threat.
Used in imperial Chinese palaces and tombs, the lions subsequently spread to other parts of Asia