Thursday, February 14, 2008

Foo Dogs

Pair of Foo Dogs 15 inches tall and 43.5 pounds each ($280). Smaller versions also available ($150).

From Wikipedia: "An imperial guardian lion, also called a Fu Lion or a Foo Dog, and called Shi (獅) in Chinese, is a kind of statue believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasy (206 BC to 220 AD), until the end of the empire in 1911."