Pair of Antique Fu Lions
Item No. 19021
19th Century, N/A, China
9" x 4.5" x 3"
( 22.86 x 11.43 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)
This pair of male fu lions are set on raised pedestals in the form of tables with hoofed legs and decorative scalloped aprons. Each stands with his head thrust sidewways and back as if glancing at something above them. Their bulging eyes are set upon flat almost ruyi shaped noses and there is a decorative curve of the lips above the flat flashing teeth. Their relatively short ears are set back and a flattend trifoil tail clings to their rear sides. The mane and fur of the animals are indicated as incised striations under their chins and around their necks, cascading down their backs, and toping and lining the backs of their legs. A large ball hangs under their necks.
The animals are set in a sejant postion, with their left front legs curved outward and their right front paws resting on top of a brocade ball or orb. They are covered throughout with brown and gold lacquer atop a red and gold stand and are in excellent condition.
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