Pair of Sancai Fu Dog Incense Burners

c. 1850
$1,480 USD
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W: 5.0" D: 2.5" H: 6.25"
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These petite ceramic fu dog figurines likely once stood upon a home altar as incense burners to accompany ritual ancestor worship. 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. This pair dates to the mid-19th century and is glazed in the spirit of ancient sancai ware, or three color ware, named for the characteristic green, amber, and creme-colored glazes. Offering protection from malevolent spirits and misfortune, these charming fu dogs stand guard throughout the home as bookends, garden ornaments, or tabletop sculptures.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

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