An old Chinese Copper lidded vessel with brass cartouches featuring Foo dogs or guardian lions. A beautiful highly decorative Chinese lidded vessel, featuring the traditional motifs of Lion faces or Foo dogs/Guardians.
This lidded urn is decorated with all over swirls and brass oval panels. The meander pattern (similar to the Greek key pattern), has been stamped around the top and bottom edges of the base. This unusual piece features the faces of.
Lion dogs or foo dogs. These highly stylised lions originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism, often one male with a ball and one female with a cub. They were thought to protect the building from harmful spiritual influences and harmful people. The Buddhist version of the Lion was introduced to Han China as the protector of dharma. (In Buddhism, dharma means "cosmic law and order", as applied to the teachings of Buddha).
Guardian lions were/are considered appropriate regal beasts to guard the emperor's gates. Hese lions have been found in religious art as early as 208 BC and. Reflect influences from different time periods, imperial dynasties, and regions of China.The styles vary in detail and adornment as well as in the depiction of the lions from fierce to serene. What a wonderful protective piece to have in your home! In good vintage condition, but be aware this has been dropped at some point and squashed at one side and the base is no longer flat, so although the vessel does not fall over, it rocks on a flat surface. We are not sure of age but this has been well used over a long period and has some polish residue.
Height 4 " or 10 cms, diameter 9" or 23 cms. Lid diameter max = 7.5" / 19 cm, lid depth = 2.25" / 5.5 cm. Items can also be collected from our "The Peculiar Gallery" 40 Market st, in the beautiful North Wales town of Abergele, Ll22 7AA, where you can also see other interesting items, and art. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Other Chinese". The seller is "themaidofallwork" and is located in this country: GB.
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