Foo dogs were originally displayed outdoors. These Chinese guardian lions were found standing sentry in front of palaces, temples, and homes of the elite. They could be quite massive and imposing with their wide open mouths in midroar. It was much later that smaller more portable ones were produced.
Meant to be in pairs. Foo dogs are symbolic, protective statues one is female and one is male. The female represents yin and symbolically protects the people dwelling in the home, while the male represents yang, protects the structure itself. Each detail of the is symbolic.
You can tell their gender by examining whats beneath the paws. The male holds a ball, the female holds a puppy. The ball represents the world and the puppy represents nature or a nurturing spirit. If it has an open mouth and the other has closed one, this may represent the in-and-out breath, or the sound of om. There is a right way and a wrong way to position the pair.
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