Fu Dogs (set of 2) – Small Red
Entry door protectors. The use of carved stone lions to guard an entrance to a home or sacred space goes back to the year 206 BC. These imposing beasts were said to have magical protective powers that would protect the inhabitants from harm. The presence of the roaring lions, real or not, was said to keep thieves and negative energy from entering the property. The animals also conveyed the wealth and power of the owners.
Fu Dogs always come in pairs — a male and female. You shouldn’t ever have a single Foo Dog. The female represents yin (the Chinese philosophy of how opposing forces may actually be complementary), and the male represents yang. The female Foo Dog is said to protect the inhabitants of the home or building while the male watches over the property and structures. You can identify the gender of the Foo Dog by what is placed under its paw. The male holds a small ball which represents the world. The female keeps watch over a cub or puppy, and is said to represent life and nature.
Dimensions: approx. 4.5″ in height and 3.5″ in length