Often called "Foo Dogs" in the West, these imposing Chinese brass Guardian lions are traditionally known in Chinese simply as 'Shi.'
Pairs of guardian lion statues are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels and places of business in China.
The lions are always presented in pairs, the female representing yin and the male yang. Always placed on the left of the mother, the male lion has its right front paw on a ball. The female is identical, but has a cub under the closer (left) paw to the male, representing the cycle of life.
Emperor's guard dogs make striking book ends but can also be used as stylish door stops or just as eye-catching ornaments.
W: 6cm D: 14cm H: 13cm
Each lion weighs approximately 0.8kg.