Early Shizi Protector

c. 1700
$5,380 USD SOLD
Dimensions
W: 10.5" D: 11.0" H: 23.0"
Materials
Stone
Limestone
Collection #
U171
Estimated Shipping
$350

This 17th/18th century Shizi was carved by hand with a peaceful peering face from a single block of limestone. Shizi, or shih-tzu, is a dog breed indigenous to China. They are one of the oldest known breeds, and were bred to resemble the mythical lion-like Fu dog. Shizi means "little lion." Shizi, both real and figural, were used to guard temples from harmful spirits.

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