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Chinese guardian lions or Imperial guardian lions, often called Foo Dogs in the West, are a common representation of the lion in Imperial China.
The lions are traditionally carved from decorative stone, such as marble and granite or cast in bronze or iron. Because of the high cost of these materials and the labour required to produce them, private use of guardian lions was traditionally reserved for wealthy or elite families. Indeed, a traditional symbol of a family's wealth or social status was the placement of guardian lions in front of the family home.
The lions are always presented in pairs, a manifestation of Yin and Yang, the female representing yin and the male yang. Placed correctly, the father is on the right as youj look at the pair, under his right right front paw is an embroidered ball which is sometimes carved with a geometric pattern. The female is essentially identical, but has a cub under the left paw, representing the cycle of life.
Use for heavy brass book-ends or as a traditional Chinese historical accessory to bring a powerful and handsome accessory to an oriental theme.
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£4.95 Small Parcel Royal Mail or Parcel Force tracked.
£15 Courier Tracked Heavy/Large Accessories eg: Stools, Lamps and Large ceramics
£25 Orchid Van Delivery or Courier tracked. Small Furniture
£45 2-Man Orchid Delivery or 2-Man Courier. Signature required on delivery.
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