Pair of poly chrome foo doogs

Jun 02, 2019. 22:19 UTC
Pair of poly chrome foo doogs
Carole
United States of America

Category
Asian art

Acquired from
Other

For sale
Yes
Description

9 1/4 inches, 1.1 lbs each Fired clay, I think

Provenance

None, I bought these about 65 years ago, I don't member where.

$150 - $350 (United States Dollar)
Answered within 1 day
Jun 04, 01:04 UTC
By Grace Harlow

The appraised work is a pair of glazed ceramic Chinese Foo Dogs, likely created in the early to mid-20th century. Foo dogs are common symbols in Chinese culture, typically used in decorative design. Traditionally beginning in the Han Dynasty, the Foo dogs or guardian lions, were placed outdoors, usually at the entrance of palaces, temples, or homes of elite, and were believed to ward off evil spirits and negative energy. The guardians are often displayed in pairs, one male and one female. The female (paw rests on cub) represents yin and protects the interior space while the male (paw rests on globe) is the embodiment of yang who protects the structure itself. Together, they symbolize harmony and completeness. The estimate provided is based on comparables recently offered and sold at auction. In many cases, pricing for similar examples available on the primary (retail) market vary, and are often higher than secondary (auction) market examples.

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