Ding-Type Figure Of A Shi-Shi Dog
Northern Song/Jin Dynasty 12th-13th Century
Hebei Province, Northern China.
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