The Foo Dog (lion) statues make a strong statement and add style to any room, front porch or garden. These dogs have magnificent aesthetic appeal and a rich history of legend and tradition.
The lion is known as the proud master of the feline race. It is not indigenous to China, although lion artwork and sculptures were imported gifts to the Emperor.
The lion was introduced into Chinese art in connection with Buddhism as the defender of law and protector of sacred buildings. Lions are often placed at temple gates and porticos of homes, estates and commercial institutions. Sometimes, they guard tombs. Stone lions in front of official buildings were originally put there to scare demons.
The conventional Chinese lion is also called the "Lion of Corea" or the "Dog of Foo," because it was found at the threshold of Buddhist temples.
The lion is sacred to Buddhism and is sometimes represented as offerings to Buddha. Some Buddhist deities are occasionally depicted mounted on this beast. It is an emblem of valor and energy, those indispensable complements of wisdom, and embroidered on the court robes of military officials of the second grade.