Antique Lacquered Fu Lion Candle Holder Pair, China (16065BAE) $395


H: 5.75.”  W: 5”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

This antique fu lion pair with candle holders arising from their backs look like they sprung from the mind of a Disney artist – they’re whimsical, have exaggerated features, possess a modicum of power, and command our attention while making us smile. In Buddhist traditions, fu lions were more friendly than fierce, with open mouths displaying teeth in a fanciful almost grinning pose. Following artistic traditions: they sit with forefeet on the ground, have thin bodies with rows of hair, a three-part tail, and are covered with auspicious reds and gilt. This endearing, fanciful, quirky, and delightful additions to any environment.



Fu-Lions have been revered for their superhuman strength, valor and energy, and their role as protectors and mounts for religious beings and since lions were not native to China, Pekingese dogs became prototypes for these mythical animals. They are often in pairs with the male’s paw on a ball and the female’s on her cub with the male protecting the architectural structure, and the female its contents and inhabitants. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, small decorative statues became popular in private homes or gardens or on a home altar as stand-alones, or as decorative motif on buildings, furniture, or textiles to bring fu and protect the home’s inhabitants. They were popular Folk Art accessories and, as here, conformed to artistic traditions. They are sejant (sitting erect with forefeet on the ground), have short thin bodies covered with rows of hair and a trifid (three-part) tail. and covered in auspicious colors: gold reflecting a lion’s golden sable color and red for good fortune. As Buddhist images they are a reminder that sentient beings should live in peace and with compassion. They are guardian figures with menacing yet whimsical demeanors. In feng shui they should be placed on either side of doors, entryways, or windowsills looking forward, the male on the right, the female on the left and if both males, raised paws facing each other to balance positive and negative energy . Small pairs should be in one room or central location on the same table or shelf. Carved from one piece of wood including pedestals, this pair is in very good condition with signs of wear consistent with age and use, with a chip on one ear. Antique pairs are relatively scarce. They are part of the VA Collection of Buddhist-Art.


Elsie P. Mitchell, The Lion-Dog of Buddhist Asia, New York, Fugaisia, 1991.

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Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 5.75” Width: 5” Depth: 2.75”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 14. 605cm Width: 12.7cm Depth: 6.985cm




Very good, see description

Item Number

16065 BAE

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