This is a magnificent brass sculpture of the mythical Foo Dog or temple guardian Lion handcrafted in a dark brass patina with a roaring mouth, bulging eyes and covered with long armour to the neck, swirling manes covering the body, standing on his winged claw feet.
Foo Fu Dog Lions, seen as spiritual in Buddhist religion, are considered as protectors of the sacred and defender of evil spirits, trespassers and offenders.
Typically made of stone, they are also known as Stone lions or Shishi and have traditionally stood in front of Imperial palaces, tombs, temples and the homes of the wealthy and believed to have powerful mythical protective benefits.
The idea which began and ended up noticeably well known in Chinese Buddhism, along these lines spread to different parts of Asia including, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos.
Measures : Length 28 cm x Height 30 cm x Width 12 cm
Weight: 4.60 Kilograms