Pair of Bronze Fu Lion Guardians

c. 1850
$6,880 USD SOLD
Dimensions
W: 25.0" D: 12.0" H: 31.5"
Materials
Bronze
Crystal
Collection #
CMCL085
Estimated Shipping
$588

These tall bronze Fu lions once guarded the entrance to a grand Chinese home. Also known as shizi, pairs of fu dog lions are believed to be benevolent protectors and are traditionally placed at the thresholds of sacred spaces, such as homes, temples, and tombs.

Dated to the mid-19th century, the lions are sculpted with alert postures and playful expressions, ornately chased with swirling fur and curly manes. A single rock crystal eye on one lion suggests the pair was originally decorated in inlaid stones and colored glass. A layer of verdigris oxidation adds wonderful texture and pale green color.

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