Antique Sancai Glaze Foo Dogs
These two guardians are said to represent balance and protection in the Chinese culture. When two are shown together, one is usually a male and the other female. The glaze is thickly applied, dripping from the head to the feet. The green varies from deep to celadon fading a creamy beige and darkening to a rich brown. The features are detailed and expressive demonstrating the skill of the artist. The nose of one is slightly orange due to oxidation. There are other areas with rust spots including the unglazed base. Close up pictures were taken to show the degree of crazing and pin holes. The exact age is unknown but likely dates to late Qing period, late 19th century.
The dogs are slightly taller than 7 inches and about 5 inches from front to tail.
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