Ding-Type Figure Of A Shi-Shi Dog

Northern Song/Jin Dynasty 12th-13th Century
High-Fired stoneware
Hebei Province, Northern China.
H: 8cm

This seated Shi-shi dog was originally once part of a pair, often one is a male holding a ball and the other is a female with a cub, they are normally placed at an entrance of a temple. These stylized lions were believed to protect the temple from harmful spirits. The male figure here is shown with its paw on an embroidered ball, representing supremacy over the world.

• Old English Collection


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