An early 20th century hand carved jade Foo Dog, purchased in Hong Kong early 1930’s. Chinese guardian lions or Imperial guardian lion, traditionally known in Chinese simply as Shi meaning lion. Often called “Foo Dogs” in the West, they are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China. Lions were first presented to the Han court by emissaries from Central Asia and Persia, and by the sixth century AD they were already popularly depicted as guardian figures.
Weight: 4.75 Kg with base (without base 4.37 Kg)
Materials: Opaque rich green jade with dark inclusions.
Dimensions: 10″ x 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, 8″ tall with wooden base