Pair of Fu Lion Hitching Posts

c. 1850
$15,800 USD SOLD
W: 9.0" D: 8.0" H: 51.0"
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These sculptural limestone columns date to the mid-19th century and originally stood outside of a grand Chinese home as a secure place to hitch horses or livestock. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, wealthy families showed their good fortune by displaying beautiful stone hitching posts carved with powerful animals and auspicious symbols, replacing the plain wooden posts that were more common.

Hand-carved of solid limestone, each post is comprised of a square column and topped with a seated fu lion dog, a mythical creature believed to be a benevolent protector of the home. Also known as shizi, the lions are carved with charming detail, including broad grins, curly manes, and collars strung with bells. Though not an exact pair, the two fu dogs have such similar playful expressions that they seem like perfect companions.

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