Pair of Petite Japanese Guardian Dogs

Mid-20th Century
$510 $680 USD
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W: 5.0" D: 2.5" H: 5.0"
Cast Iron
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Believed to be powerful protectors against malevolent spirits, fu lion dogs have stood guard at the entryways and thresholds of sacred spaces for centuries. With miniature form, this pair of petite cast iron guardian dogs brings their protective power into the home.

A Japanese variation of Chinese fu lion dogs, the fearsome pair is known as shisa and carry similar connotations of yin and yang, the dual forces of the universe. Traditionally, one shisa keeps its mouth open to ward off evil spirits, while the other keeps its mouth closed to keep good spirits in. Offering protection from misfortune, these magical creatures stand guard throughout the home as bookends, desk ornaments, or tabletop sculptures.

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