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Fu Dog Blogger Collection | Fu Dog Ashtray | Fu Dog Pair | Single Fu Dog

In Gallery Images postings, Home Page posts on June 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Here is another post of Fu Dogs in my collection.  These are newer acquisitions and my thanks goes out to those who helped add to my collection.

Fu Dog Ashtray

This piece was a gift that was sent to me in the mail. I haven’t ever seen another like it. The style of glaze and the artistic interpretation and flourishes are recognizable to me as I have seen them in antique stores on other Fu Dogs – but not as a Fu Dog ashtray. This Fu Dog, in a small way, reminds me of how broadly Fu Dogs’ details are represented when done as a tattoo. (I have posted recently a lot of Fu Dog Tattoos, so, if you’re interested they are here: fu-dog-tattoos-guardian-lion-tattoo-Asian-dog-tattoo.)


Click on an image to see it larger. I’ve provided measurements for the curious. There were no markings on the piece, none on the bottom either.




IMG_1584It looks kind of like if you put a cigarette out in this Fu Dog in the right way that smoke could come out of the Fu Dogs eyes and nose holes. It also looks like it was never used as an ashtray because it is so clean inside.

IMG_1583It looks like the toe is broken, but, in fact, it is glazed, so, the toe was ‘broken’ during production and then they just decided to go ahead and use it anyway – glaze it, fire it, sell it.

  IMG_1585I really like how this piece has its mane done. It makes me think of waves, or of the way air currents and clouds can be represented in art.


IMG_1587 Just a nice mythic watery feel – soothing and protecting at the same time.


Fu Dog Pair

This Fu Dog pair is a gift I received through the mail. This pairing is pretty traditional in appearance. It does have an interesting glaze treatment.


Click on an image to see it larger. I’ve provided measurements for the curious. There were no markings on the pieces, none on the bottom either.


IMG_1580There seems to me to be more ‘dog’ and less ‘lion’ to these Fu Dogs. The tail is smaller, the fringe of fur that goes over the feet and up to the elbow area is like some of the breeds of dogs I’ve posted about, fu-dog-ancestor-dog-breeds, and then there’s the simple and subdued ‘mane’ which is really just a frame of curled ‘hair’ around the face – in fact even the large teeth are pretty characteristic of your standard ‘dog’.


IMG_1578I’m not certain what the pattern on the back of the neck, shown here, is for. Pretty, though. This image also shows off the interesting glaze effect that covers the pair. With the neck pattern, the pseudo-harness type design (running down the back, looks like bells, and across the front in a pattern) this may not be a traditional Chinese Fu Dog. Perhaps the artistic representation is of another country’s Fu Dog – I’m not certain which yet.





Single Fu Dog

This Fu Dog was a gift from a friend of mine – Thanks Friend. The stylization of it looks like one of the images from my last post, guardian-lions-of-the-far-east-cambodia-thailand-burma-nepal-india-japan-malaysia-bali-singapore-china,  under the Nepal heading, so, my guess is that this Fu Dog is from that tradition.


Click on an image to see it larger. I’ve provided measurements for the curious. There were no markings on the piece, none on the bottom either.










(Fu)(Fo)(Foo) Dogs/Guardian Lions Of the Far East | Cambodia | Thailand | Burma | Nepal | India | Japan | Malaysia | Bali | Singapore | China

In Gallery Images postings, Historical Slant postings, Home Page posts on June 13, 2009 at 10:26 pm

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Like the last post (the tattoo post), this post also has a lot of images. I realized, as I tried to put together a post about Fu Dogs of other countries, that I didn’t know as much about those countries and their artistic heritage, stylistic interpretations, or even their animal-representation traditions. It didn’t make much sense to me to post images and discuss how this one has too-pointy ears, that one has a far longer tail, and those are missing the elements of a Fu Dog (such as a ball and cub underfoot) – that really doesn’t address the reason behind a countries interpretive license and the creative choices that drove certain stylistic expressions for their own Fu Dogs to have meaning for their local audience.

So, rather than approach the discussion in a negation-emphasis way (pointing out the differences that make these Fu Dogs not like Chinese Fu Dogs), I wanted to present a selection of images of Fu Dogs from those countries, that have them, in order to see the differences between them. Then, I can see the similarities more easily, from artist to artist within a single country, and be better able to research why those similarities are important, significant, and perhaps find their historic precedence. Though I have written in the past that I would use the Chinese Fu Dog as the basis for how far another countries Fu Dog falls from that norm in representation, I now think that method will be detrimental to the appreciation of another, different, representation of a Guardian Lion. Certainly the Fu Dogs I have known and loved have been the Chinese ones, but, that doesn’t mean I can’t grow to know and love another representation of that ideal.

There is always the dilemma of interpreting an artists reasoning behind why certain features are present in their artwork. Is it that they’ve been asked to include/exclude certain features, have a favorite ‘reference’ piece from another culture (or misuse a reference that is incorrectly attributed to some country) – or that they are doing a certain method that they enjoy and are good at and is popular? For example, if you are a sculptor good at carving monkeys might your Fu Dog become more monkey-like? If your purchasing audience are more familiar with a particular animal then wouldn’t it make sense to have subtle feature references to that animal in your work so that they might feel more comfortable with a mythic history you might spin about the piece – so that a lion might take on the aspects of, say, a dog (or an alligator)?

The following images have come from many places across the internet, from many countries across the globe, and I’d like to proffer my greatest and most sincere gratitude to the image owners who so posted their images. I have provided, for nearly every image, a link to that image holders internet presence and recommend to all visitors that if you find the image intriguing then please visit the accompanying link. If an image has been placed under the incorrect country heading then please let me know. As you will find, not every single one of the images presented are of a countries Guardian Lion interpretation (the vast vast majority are though) – some are specifically included to show what may be a countries original guardian creature of myth (like a naga: The snake or dragon, a creature of myth and legend. In Southeast Asia, nagas take on many roles) and how such a creature may have influenced their Fu Dog presentation. And some are included just because I liked them a lot.

What should be kept in mind during browsing the following images is that these representations are for Guardian Lions, and not perhaps for a specific creature named Fu Dog. A Fu Dog is a Guardian Lion certainly, and as such it does share a heritage with these creatures. Regardless the name (chinthe: A lion-like creature that guards the entranceways to temples, chimera, etc.), these creatures are from the same history and deserve some appreciation. I’ll make small notes for each image when I think it needed. I’ll refer to these guardian creatures all, as Fu Dogs, even though they may more fit the term Guardian Lion. Enjoy! Oh, all images will open in a new window and I think I’ve got it figured out so that they open at their larger size too.



cambodiahttp://www.art-and-archaeology.com/seasia/mandalay/mm03.html This Fu Dog is nearly 6 foot tall!


cambodiafudog5http://www.worldisround.com/articles/340169/photo8.html The Fu Dog is on the left hand side.


cambodiafudog4 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beast_Sculpture-angkor.jpg




cambodiafudog2 http://www.angkor-traveltips.com/lolei.htm


fu statuehttp://travel.webshots.com/photo/2761714040089153205McyKEf


lion2vihear http://www.earthportals.com/Portal_Messenger/stonesinsky8.html


lionstairvihear http://www.earthportals.com/Portal_Messenger/stonesinsky8.html


museum cambodian http://chinahistoryforum.com/lofiversion/index.php/t29343.html View one.


museum cambodian2http://www.flickr.com/photos/70323761@N00/1673248313 view two.




http://andybrouwer.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html Almost looks like a crocodile snout.


http://andybrouwer.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html Little bit of an elephant nose happening here.






0602 http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/seasia/angkor/pko/pk03.html 


0536 http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/seasia/ppenh/wp01.html On the stairs and the roof – lots of Fu Dogs.




wat benjamaborpit bangkok thailandhttp://staff.jccc.net/Thoare/buddhism_in_thailand.htm


 thailand fudog6 http://www.edragonu.ro/trip-to-thailand-day-1/


fudragonhttp://www.edragonu.ro/trip-to-thailand-day-1/ Is that a mohawk?


fusheep http://www.edragonu.ro/trip-to-thailand-day-1/ This looks like a sheep in Fu Dog clothing – I like it.


thailand fudog http://www.chiangmai-traveltips.com/wat-phan-tao.htm


859610568_89f8f910a0http://www.bootsintheoven.com/boots_in_the_oven/2007/07/index.html This image is a ‘distant’ view that has a close-up of the Fu Dogs on the walls, below.


859610250_2d8200dd60http://www.bootsintheoven.com/boots_in_the_oven/2007/07/index.html I’ve never seen a Fu Dog that behaved as a lizard, clinging to a wall; this is truly unique.


thaidragon http://www.pbase.com/scubidoo/image/27100396 This is one of those creatures that is not specifically a Fu Dog, it just looks very cool, has a claw on a ball, and is guarding an entrance – close enough for me!






su0390 http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/seasia/chiangmai/cm02.html This is another image that isn’t Fu Dogs, not in the least. I include it just to show that Guardian Creatures of different cultures take different, exciting, forms.




Myanmar / Burma

burma6892017-mdhttp://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6892017&size=lg Note the Fu Dog in the corner of the picture.


6892020-lghttp://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6892020 This image I’ve seen a couple of times, not the Fu Dog but the idea of the animal at the corner of a building – if you view it from the left it looks correct, if you view if from the right it looks correct – head on it looks a little splayed, but, still good.


myanmar73563567_lqnwiMU1 http://www.pbase.com/taboo5/mandalay_myanmar_general_photos


myanmar http://www.pbase.com/taboo5/mandalay_myanmar_general_photos




Ps19 http://www.seasite.niu.edu/burmese/cooler/Chapter_3/Part2/pagan_period_2.htm


Ps09 http://www.seasite.niu.edu/burmese/cooler/Chapter_3/Part2/pagan_period_2.htm Big Fu Dog!


Ps05 http://www.seasite.niu.edu/burmese/cooler/Chapter_3/Part2/pagan_period_2.htm




ux29 http://www.seasite.niu.edu/burmese/cooler/Chapter_3/Part2/pagan_period_2.htm


Ps08 http://www.seasite.niu.edu/burmese/cooler/Chapter_3/Part2/pagan_period_2.htm




myanmar500099447PRdlRH_fs http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1500099447047274901PRdlRH


fu monkey http://www.pbase.com/spoonbender/image/72959727 This artist may have been more comfortable representing an animal other than a Fu Dog, I think.


72959820_eWcYOMeE_011207more_19 http://www.pbase.com/spoonbender/image/72959820






72959655_cHJzCHuS_010107bagan_22   http://www.pbase.com/spoonbender/image/72959655


d02 http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/seasia/mandalay/km01.html


0269 http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/seasia/mtpopa/mp02.html Just to show that not only Fu Dogs were Guardian ‘Lions’!



Kathmandu / Nepal







 1170275-guardian-lion-statue-in-Patan-0 http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Nepal/blog-160895.html


temple_guards http://www.longsstrangetrip.com/temple_guards.JPG


temple_doorway_and_steps http://www.longsstrangetrip.com/temple_doorway_and_steps.JPG I think these are ‘wrapped’ Fu Dogs, but I’m not certain.


temple lionshttp://eagersnap.blogspot.com/2007/05/guardian-lions-of-kathmandu.html Colorful!


Red Door Lionshttp://eagersnap.blogspot.com/2007/05/guardian-lions-of-kathmandu.html


Colourful Lion http://eagersnap.blogspot.com/2007/05/guardian-lions-of-kathmandu.html


golden lions http://eagersnap.blogspot.com/2007/05/guardian-lions-of-kathmandu.html


belovedgods http://www.exoticindiaart.com/article/nepal




india vyalihttp://www.siliconintelligence.com/people/binu/images/orissa/konark/konark.html This is not a Fu Dog but it does have the elephantine snout that I have noticed on several other countries’ Fu Dogs.


india singlehttp://www.siliconintelligence.com/people/binu/images/orissa/konark/konark.html Interesting.


india pair http://www.siliconintelligence.com/people/binu/images/orissa/konark/konark.html I don’t get it, but, interesting Fu Dogs.


tamil nadu s indiahttp://chinahistoryforum.com/lofiversion/index.php/t29343.html


column fu doghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/50863590@N00/2312684736/


mahabalipuram http://www.flickr.com/photos/lkamala/sets/72157603969378173/



Unknown location

These are unknown in that I don’t know the web address from which they came. Some do look Japanese, some look like another country or other – I didn’t want to make that guess though. If you know the country please let me know.

fu dog2 http://moelwin999.wordpress.com/photos-by-me/
























guardians of the gods_0001 bloghttp://windbagandthunder.blogspot.com/2008/07/lions-and-tigers-and-bears.html Scary.


guardians of the gods_0002 bloghttp://windbagandthunder.blogspot.com/2008/07/lions-and-tigers-and-bears.html I looked at this for a long time – it is hard to decipher. Very intriguing.


japanfu dog1http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2143941480095172172ToiEuS


1551896614_a5af829346 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtyto/1551896614/in/set-72057594097711508/ Open Mouth.


1551025611_19c2d10edb_mhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mtyto/1551025611/ Close Mouth.


fu roof creature http://tanuki.org.uk/okinawa.html


japanese fu doghttp://www.nihonsun.com/2009/03/04/shishi-the-guardian-lion/








fu stool http://hd2o.tv/deep/index.php?main_page=page&id=7&chapter=50




fu classic http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Imperial_guardian_lion_-_Ngee_Ann_City_-_Singapore_(gabbe).jpg





fu doghttp://www.fotothing.com/DragonSpeed/photo/2bd3bce07a4aa6fdf519b75264f28d4f/


chimera dog http://chinahistoryforum.com/lofiversion/index.php/t29343.html