Pho dog in bronze on a red wooden base

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Beautiful bronze Pho dog with black patina on a red painted wooden base. Decorative element suited for hanging. China, 19th century.

Foo dogs or lion dogs are a traditional Chinese architectural ornament. The concept features a pair of stylized lions, which were believed to protect the building from harmful spiritual influences and harmful people. The left lion dog is the female, usually with a cup under her left paw, representing nurture. The right one is the male, usually with an embroidered ball under his right front paw, representing supremacy. The presentation in pairs is a manifestation of yin and yang.

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Width25 cm
Height8 cm
Depth19 cm