Two playful lions with charming tilty heads, perky tails, upward gazes, and open mouths that seem to smile. Check out those teeth and the flourish of fluff on their tails! No detail was overlooked. These Chinese guardian lions, or foo dogs, were expertly decorated with brilliant detail in bright cloisonné enamel and gilt mesh metal.
Vintage metal and enamel. Made in China, early to mid 20th Century. Good condition; bumps and bruises as appropriate with age. Ball attaches to paw with wire. Price includes insured shipping within the US. International buyers, please email with city and postal code for shipping costs.
Lions, Panthera leo, never lived in China, but the Asiatic Lion did roam much of Asia and the African Lion's ancient range was vast. Hence the lion entered the design themes of nearly every country, whether native to the land or not.
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