Vintage Pair of Cinnabar Foo Dogs
Vintage Pair of Cinnabar Foo Dogs

Vintage Pair of Cinnabar Foo Dogs

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In traditional Asian culture, foo dogs, or guardian lions as they are also called, are symbolic, protective statues – one is female and one is male. The female represents yin and symbolically protects the people dwelling in the home, while the male represents yang, and protects the structure itself.  The male holds a ball under his paw which represents his dominance of the exterior world while the female has a pup under her paw, symbolizing protection of the interior. Vintage foo dogs are not only historically fascinating, they are also very highly collectible pieces and make excellent decorative accents.  This reddish-orange Cinnabar pair measures 4.5"x2.5"x6.5" and are in excellent vintage condition.  There is a dark line/possible superficial hairline to the one of their ears but it does not appear to be in any danger of separation (see pictures).  Also, please note that the male foo seems to be leaning slightly but this is how he was made.