Fu Dog Images

In Home Page posts on July 19, 2009 at 12:25 am

For this post, I wanted to put up some more Fu Dog images. All rights belong to the image owners. I’ve provided a link to the owners’ web presence so if you like an image then please visit them and/or let them know.



This image is from Hong Kong – I can’t help but like its powerful resemblance to a lion (big cat). When seen like this, the lion aspect is very strong.

untitled http://www.raingod.com/angus/Gallery/Photos/Asia/China/HongKong/HKTemples.html



Another photo from the forbidden city. It’s interesting to note the large shoulders, overly ‘poofy’ mane with the ‘snail shell’ pattern mentioned earlier in Fu Dog Blog here. The face also has a feline flatness to it that some Fu Dogs lack.

2400428460_50032c471e_o http://www.flickr.com/photos/noelinthebahamas/2400428460/



I found this image neat – it is listed as being from Viet Nam. I like the hexagons on the ball under foot. The ‘scales’ of the Fu Dog are a unique interpretation (without it becoming similar to a Chinese Qi Loon). I wish I had found this reference when I posted those many many images of other countries in an earlier post here.

untitledvietnam http://www.pbase.com/spoonbender/image/82439965



I liked this one (and not only because of the deer)! If you click on the image to view it larger you can see that the eyes appear (to me anyway) to have been painted – spooky.

untitledpaintedeyes http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1087279361041391066OAyyUU



This Fu Dog appears to be howling (though it probably is just presenting the ‘Ah’ sound). Nicely carved, I think.

untitledhowling http://www.galenfrysinger.com/kiyomizudera_temple_kyoto_japan.htm



An interesting Cambodian Guardian Lion from the Norton Simon Museum. The back legs always intrigue me – what is the artist reason for such a decision?

untitledmuseum http://www.nortonsimon.org/collections/browse_title.php?id=N.1975.15.S



A piece from the Denver Art Museum – labeled as a guardian lion so I include it here; perhaps it is a precursor to the guardian lions the eventually produce?

untitledwild http://www.joanpacos.com/asianart/collection/everyday/everyday_lion.html



Just a lovely picture of a Fu Dog.

untitledwooded http://screwhead.vox.com/library/photo/6a00ccff8c6eeb67310110163729df860c.html



Another lovely carved Fu Dog.

untitledstone http://www.cebix.net/photos/japan/



A great art piece.

SONY DSC                     http://www.flickr.com/photos/atelier_tee/528798374/


SONY DSC                     http://www.flickr.com/photos/atelier_tee/528798290/in/set-72157603674572095/



This Fu Dog looks kind of maniacal. It does have an interesting treatment for the mane and then trailing mane-hairs. Very nice.

untitledkongozan http://s196.photobucket.com/albums/aa264/katgrrl61/Kongozan/?action=view&current=GuardianLionatSummitShrineatKongoza.jpg



This next pair of Fu Dogs have a unique interpretation for the tails that I’m not used to seeing in Japanese presentations. I wonder what the artists inspiration was? I’m also rather intrigued by the production method and the assembly of these Fu Dogs – the obviousness of it seems ‘planned’ – perhaps?

13426565 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13426565


13426449 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13426449



A very pretty overgrown Fu Dog and cub. If this is Japanese in representation, the female having the mouth open is unusual in this cultural setting.

19190412 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19190412



This Penang Fu Dog has the bright colorful influence (at least to me) of some of the fun Nepalese Fu Dogs. I like its festival atmosphere. It does seem to have the ‘pearl’ in its mouth that cannot be removed – I’m still trying to learn about the reasons behind such a thing.

untitledoutsidetemple http://www.asiaexplorers.com/malaysia/tanjong_tokong_tuapekkong_temple.htm



A pretty Fu Dog in the countryside of Taiwan. This one has an interesting eyebrow treatment – I like it.

untitledforest http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1127765741053334403zDSvkg



A lovely artwork. This 1600/1700s piece has some of the elements that modern Fu Dog tattoos have (surprisingly).

untitledartwork http://pro.corbis.com/Enlargement/Enlargement.aspx?id=IH059260&ext=1



An interesting Myanmar Fu Dog in that it is not painted (or the paint has worn off) in the way that I’ve seen almost all other of their Fu Dogs done.

untitledmyanmar http://pro.corbis.com/Enlargement/Enlargement.aspx?id=BL002960&ext=1



Another image from Angkor Watt showing the ‘chest plate’ that I’ve come to associate with their traditional Fu Dog representation.

EastMebonGuardianLion8693 http://www.buten.net/max/angkor/index_angkor.html


So fanciful (also from the same page as the above image) – I do wonder, what is the symbolism behind the smoke coming out of the mouth?

BanteaySreiDragonHead8679 http://www.buten.net/max/angkor/index_angkor.html



An unusual fantasy Fu Dog – a day bed! Neat!

00116bey http://kellysearsmith.livejournal.com/39210.html


The above image and this one shows the head, feet, and tail of the Fu Dog and the cushion across its back. It does bring to mind the story about a lone Fu Dog being the support, transport, and protection for its patron.

00115b2z http://kellysearsmith.livejournal.com/39210.html



This image is of a man with what seems to me to be a lion – the artistic representation shares similar stylistic cues with Fu Dogs so here it is! (Note the wrinkled nose that can be seen in many wild cats that ‘scrunch’ up their noses.)

untitledmanwlion http://ftp.ccccd.edu/andrade/WorldLitI2332/SlidesofMesopotamia.html



This Fu Dog has an unusual design I found appealing. I couldn’t get the link to work  the last time I tried – maybe the site is back up by now.

untitledtribal www.thailex.info/thai%20culture%20store.html



Another Balinese Fu Dog, possibly by the same artist as the one I posted about some time back.

p54432_2 http://www.novica.com/search/index.cfm?&keyword=novica&filtered=1&CurrentPage=3&maxrows=21



A very cool baked-clay lion exhibiting its guardian nature!

THarmalLion http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/Arts/Architec/AncientArchitectural/Mesopotamian/OldBabylonianPeriod/OldBabylonian/OldBabylonian.htm



More Fu Dogs incorporated with other guardian creatures/people.

untitlednaga http://unknownblogger.livejournal.com/151074.html



Another couple of Cambodian Fu Dogs – strangely it looks like the eyes have been sanded away? The manes are unique in their ‘non-curled’ nature, appearing below almost as if dreadlocks.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA           http://andybrouwer.blogspot.com/2007_12_01_archive.html


SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA           http://andybrouwer.blogspot.com/2007_12_01_archive.html



A lovely pair of Fu Dogs, male and female, follow below. They appear to be cast of some metal and smoothly finished – they look like they would be smooth and silky to the touch. The patterning and details, while present and well crafted, also seem to be subdued and ‘melted’ into the sculptural form as a whole. An interesting treatment.

s_LionM http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/sidebars/004/?ID=3000


s_LionF http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/sidebars/004/?ID=3000



These following five images are not Fu Dogs but share in the guardian nature of lions. I include them so that the evolution of guardian lions, as icons of strength and metamorphosis, can be appreciated. Enjoy!

untitledwingedlionsteps http://pro.corbis.com/Enlargement/Enlargement.aspx?id=BL002960&ext=1



untitledvenicewingedlion http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2007/aug/29/petergreenawayshouldwinthe



untitledwingedlionpedestal http://healing.about.com/od/animaltotems/tp/Magical-Totems.htm



untitledwingedsphinxette http://barbieris.net/Delphi.htm



tutshield_b http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.touregypt.net/marketplace/tomb/annex/tutshield_b.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.touregypt.net/marketplace/tomb/annex/&usg=__RunFepWfs0BDxRoxXekwJHrf3ps=&h=455&w=275&sz=50&hl=en&start=272&tbnid=T51q82VfQkEDcM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=77&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dguardian%2Blion%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D252


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