Guardian lions, also known as komainu, shishi, or fu-dogs, are intimidating, mythical, lion-like creatures seen across a breath of art forms, ranging from architecture to tattoos. As they symbolize prosperity, success, and guardianship, they're full of meaning. Their common misnomer even likely arose from a Westernized combination of mispronunciation and confusion. The words fo and fu mean "Buddha" in Chinese, and foo dogs resemble two Chinese dog breeds associated with lions: the shih tzu, pug, and the chow chow.
Combined with the alebrije spirit animal this makes for the perfect fusion of Western and Eastern mythologies. Top tier work in the large scale size.
• Entirely Carved by Hand and Masterfully Sanded
• Meticulously Artisan Painted
• Proudly Signed by the Artist
• Authentic Oaxacan Carving made from prized Copal Wood
• Single Piece Carving Chiseled from a Single block of wood
• Origin of This Carving is the village of Arrazola
• Museum Grade Highest Tier Carving
Dimensions Approx. 11" L x 5" tall (Large)