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Foo Dogs Painting

Foo Dogs also called Chinese Lions or Imperial Guardian Lions, were traditionally placed in front of Imperial palaces and temples to ward off evil.  Foo Dogs are usually displayed in pairs, one male and one female, on each side of and entrance. The male Foo Dog is depicted holding a globe in his right paw, symbolizing control over his domain and protection of the building. The female Foo Dog is depicted holding a cub or child in her left paw, symbolizing maternal protection.

Foo Dogs Painting and Feng ShuiFoo Dogs protect the inhabitants from bad energy. Foo Dogs attract positive “Chi”, the universal life force energy, and ward off bad Chi. Chinese Foo Dogs are one of the strongest Feng Shui protection symbols. The Foo Dogs originated as a Buddhist protector of Dharma, and statues of lions were modeled in Feng Shui after the travelers' descriptions and after the native dogs of Tibet and Napal.

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Foo Dogs Paintings HistoryThe earliest traces of the Foo dog go back to the Han dynasty. Artists started depicting the Foo Dogs in various from to 208 BC till 221 AD. There was a time period of about four hundred years where the Foo Dogs completely disappeared from China. Starting with the Tang dynasty, 618 to 917 AD, the Foo Dogs made a comeback to China and have remained important and popular symbols ever since. Through the ages, Foo Dogs were frequently given as gifts to the Emperor, presented in sculptures and paintings.