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Not Just a Design: Foo Dogs

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Last Updated: 2019-4-1
Stone Foo Dog Entry Statue Set

These stone foo dogs are a reproduction of the ones
standing guard in front of the Forbidden Palace in Beijing

Majestic, imposing, and intimidating, the foo dog has gone on to become one of China's most iconic mythological creatures. Sometimes referred to as "Chinese Lions", artistic representations of foo dogs are traditionally seen at the front entrance of a family's home. Standing in commanding posture, they are seen as guardians of the family; warding off evil spirits, thieves, and misfortune that may befall them.

Foo dogs are always depicted as a pair: male and female, two halves of yin and yang. Although most commonly portrayed with iconic tightly curled manes, they are are also portrayed several different ways throughout the ages and according to provinces. The two can be distinguished by the object under their paws. The male holds a ball, symbolizing the world and the property of the family. The female holds a cub, symbolizing humanity and the members of the family. The two work in conjunction to provide full protection for the family, and together symbolize power and a long line of offspring.

In ancient China (still seen today), these mythological creatures were placed at entrances, protecting the building and those inside. Chinese foo dogs are commonly seen and used guarding temples, government buildings, and wealthy homes.


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Publisher: China Furniture and Arts Enterprises Inc. China Furniture Logo