Mythical animals, called Fu Dogs, which are actually lions, which are consecrated to the Buddha, the proponents of the law and protectors of sacred buildings.
The NINETEENTH century.
Measures: 16x19x13cm unit.
Weight 2,5 kg each unit.
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Fu dogs, Dogs of Buddha, or Rui Shi, as they are known in China, have their origin in buddhism and later spread in the rest of the East. Called dogs, they are in fact lions, animals consecrated to the Buddha, destined to uphold the law and protect the weak, this is shown that we can find the pair of lions guarding buddhist temples, government buildings or tombs of emperors. The pair of lions in bronze, called also as dogs of happiness, I can tell the sex depending on what they have under their paws. In one of them we see a pup under the paw of the lion, so the lion is the one that holds the ball under his claw. The face of these creatures, the emblem of value and energy, shows strength with their mouths open and brow furrowed, the body in the form of a lion displays a spectacular play of volumes, such as in the back where we see the tufts of the lion's mane. The pieces end his whimsical set of volumes with a tail in the form of a torch, a flame of fire that gives the movement the extreme end of the figures. On the flag of Tibet appear at the bottom and in the forbidden City of China you can find several pairs of them.
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