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Tiny Blue Fu Dogs

In Gallery Images postings, Home Page posts on August 29, 2009 at 10:40 am

Just a quick Fu Dog posting of a pair from my collection – this pair is only about 5 inches tall; they both can rest comfortably in an adults palm. (Yes, those are deer antlers painted white in the background.) There are 3 numbers, “058” impressed in the ceramic base/bottom of the female Fu Dog statue, but otherwise no markings.

I’ll have to check my collection to be certain – I think this pair is the only one I have where the male Fu Dog has his left paw on a ball instead of the right paw. I’ve seen this pair in larger sizes in exactly the same style and color so this is definitely a marketed and mass produced item; I don’t think the smaller ones are found too often though (hey, just trying to feel special here).

If I were forced to specify a particular ‘country of origin for their stylization’ I’d have to say Myanmar/Burma, if only because of the fringe detail along the backs of the legs. The smaller tails the, smaller manes, the hair detail along the back, the fringe along the legs – they all seem to point back to an earlier century’s interpretation of Fu Dogs while also being ‘carved’ in such a way that there is little that could break off in the unmolding process.

Please enjoy. Clicking the images will open a new window with a larger image.

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Fu Dog – almost

In Gallery Images postings, Home Page posts on August 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I‘ve looked at a lot of Fu Dogs – are you kidding me? – I‘ve never seen another one quite like this one. I bought it from an antique store some years back. It doesn’t have the traditional Fu Dog appearance, and yet it does – and yet you’ll see that it doesn’t . There is just the one, it has a cub. I don’t think, however, that the Fu Dog is a female… In a way it is like a bacchanal figure, celebrating wine. And yet, it has the Fu Dog appearance, slightly, in that it is a doggish animal on a pedestal. There is also a ribbon-esque effect of the ‘fabric’ held in its ‘paws’. I was entranced when I saw it and purchased it the same day (a strange impulse to be certain – I normally don’t buy anything on the first day). I’ve not seen a base treatment like this one either – I can’t make out the imagery since it is glazed and all the details have ‘disappeared’ underneath the thickness of the glaze. Overall a piece I like alot. If it is truly a Fu Dog, or a Guardian Lion, is debatable. Please enjoy!

 

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Fu Dog Tattoos Two

In Home Page posts on August 3, 2009 at 9:57 am

My earlier posting of tattoos was well received. Here are more tattoos. I’ve arranged it so each image, when clicked, opens in its own window (unlike the first post where I recommend right click and select to open in a new window – now I’ve figured that out). There are some images that are what I would consider good tattoo inspiration, and there are a couple that have elephant snouts – how crazy is that!?

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