Posted 4 years ago
These were one of my finds from the Flea Market today 7/29/2018, the Chinese Guardian Lions, or commonly called Foo Dogs, Bookends, the odd thing about these, is the Person holding on to them, and to the side of them. I've heard if you've never seen it, maybe you should get it, so I did! :^D These Bookends, or Figurines, seem to be made of cast metal, that's been coated with plaster, and then painted with an aged bronze patina color. A strong magnet is attracted to them, and specially to the top of the base, at the lions feet. I've seen the Guardian Lions, with Buddha riding on them, as stone carvings, or sculptures, but never someone standing, and holding on to the Lion's mane, that almost looks like a Shaman or Troll. These Bookends look the same, just opposite at first, but both are slightly different, one Lion has the mouth open, and tongue back, the other more closed and tongue forward, and one is slightly smaller, and the people are different, also, one is larger 8 1/2" with a moustache, the smaller 8 1/4" has a smile. The base on both are 2 7/8"w x 3 5/8"l x 2 1/4"h and at the widest the Bookends are 5" x 5".
At Temples, Palaces, Museums, or Homes of the wealthy, these Guardian Lions, have been used to guard and protect the entrances from Evil Spirits, always in pairs, and normally, a Male, and Female, for thousands of years.
Here's a link to Wikipedia, on Chinese Guardian Lions, that I'll post in comments also:
Thank you for looking, any information on these bookends/figurines, or the Guardian Lions with a person with them, is much appreciated, and all comments are welcome! :^)