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Dog of Foo

Buddhist lion joss stick holder, made of Blanc de Chine porcelain, from the Kangxi period of Chinese History. The Buddhist lion, also known as the Dog of Foo, is a symbolic guardian in China. They are usually found in pairs, one male and one female, on either side of doorways or gates, but also in other smaller artistic forms.


Blanc de Chine Chinese porcelain dog, symbolising good luck, an item typical of those things collected by a traveller for display in his home.

Powell-Cotton Museum

Powell-Cotton Museum,
Quex House and Gardens,
Quex Park,


This lion is one of a pair and represents the male, with his paw on a brocade ball. In Imperial China (when this piece was made) the paw on the ball represented imperial domination of the world.

Curriculum Links:

  • KS1: Artists, Craft Makers and Designers
  • KS2: Achievements of the Earliest Civilizations, Artists, Architects and Designers in History
  • KS3: Significant Society, History of Art, Craft and Design, Materials – Ceramics


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