Pair of Stone Fu Dog Finials

c. 1800
$1,880 USD SOLD
W: 6.25" D: 6.25" H: 7.5"
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These reclining lion dogs, also known as shizi, were hand-carved from limestone in northern China over two centuries ago. These mythical guardians symbolize strength and power and were once mounted as finials on a stone bridge or gate to prevent malicious spirits from crossing. Today they can be appreciated as time-honored sculptures and used as bookends, doorstops, or garden ornaments.

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