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Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres

Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE
Antique 19th Century Chinese Polychrome Hand Carved Gilt Wood Foo Dog Pair with Pearls in Mouth and Reticulated Spheres in WOODENWARE

$265.00

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Incredible pair of unusual, finely crafted, antique Chinese foo dog guardian lions, with hand carved 'pearls of wisdom' in the mouth and in the xiu qiu play balls which can never be removed.

We obtained these fine hand carved fu foo dog lions from an estate of a long time collector of Orientalia. All of the items in his collection were authentic and of high quality, and this antique gilt wood foo pair is no exception. Please see all of the photos to gain an appreciation of their many hand carved detailed features with much reticulation.

The head and face are amazing. Deeply carved large eyes are inset with lidded brows; the dominant snout protrudes, revealing a reticulated mouth baring fierce teeth and a bright red tongue. One foo dog also has a red pearl which has been painstakingly carved inside the mouth and can never be removed. Winglike ears flow from the top of the head, with a finely carved mane cascading around the neck and shoulders. Fabulous reticulated detailed tails curve up from the back haunches which also feature winglike hair. Large feet feature claw-like toes with lots of detail. The front paws embrace the reticulated sphere, the xiu qiu, which represents the world. These are carved as open latticework and represent both heaven and the totality of Buddhist law. Sometimes these are called a puzzle ball. Both balls feature another hand carved pearl inside which can never be removed. A total of three inaccessible pearls . . . wow! This pair is simply amazing with lots of overall gilt detail.

This fantastic pair of antique Chinese hand carved and hand painted gilt wood foo dog guardian lions are in mint condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Both measure 6 inches wide; the left lion is 5.5 inches tall, with the right lion slightly taller at 6 inches tall. Hand applied gilt is painted over their bodies and the spheres. The tails, mane and fur are painted black. The ears and tongue are bright red accents. The eyes and teeth are white; the eyes show the iris and pupils. There is a bit of dust and a small amount of paint flaking. They are in near pristine condition which is amazing for their age, which we estimate as late 19th Century, circa 1880s.

We cannot say enough about this unusual and rare antique polychrome carved gilt wood foo dog pair. What an exquisite addition to any antique Orientalia or foo dog guardian lion collection.

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