Pair of Antique Fu Lions Holding a Sphere, Frosted Acrylic Stand (16477BKE) $375


H: 5″    W: 4 ”    D: 2.5 ”  |  FREE SHIPPING!

Each male lion of this pair holds a symbolic spheres with a carved plum blossom between their paws symbolizing blessings, the sun, earth and a wish the Five Blessings of longevity, health, wealth, a virtuous life and a peaceful death. Likely connected to a woman’s bed  for protection, each is a wish for a successful life with many sons. Each is mounted on a frosted acrylic stand.


During the Han dynasty, lions became a protective symbol for the Buddha and guardians of Buddhist law (the dharma). They guarded temple and important secular building entrances and gradually became protectors of imperial law in non-religious contexts. They are called fu lions, auspicious mythical animals  used in the Qing dynasty as decorative motifs on daily use items, accessories, furnishings, architectural structures and as free-standing figures inside and in outdoor gardens. Carved folk art red and gilt lacquered lions appeared everywhere as auspicious symbols of protection, harmony, fu (the Five Blessings or Happinesses) and high rank – everything needed for an admirable and blessed life. Each of this fanciful pair holds a sphere in its paws also symbolizing the sun or earth as well as being a protector in a male (yang) pose. These orbs are divided into five sections and the top is a carved as a 5-petal plum blossom. A sacred number, 5 is a symbolic wish for the 5 blessings of health, wealth, longevity, a virtuous life and a peaceful death. The plum blossom is also a symbolic wish for passing  tough exams for becoming a civilian official leading to prestige, a good family income and wealth. Based on the empty areas in their undersides, these antique Chinese wood carvings were likely connected to a vertical piece of a woman’s bed and was a symbol for everything required for a blessed life. Mounted on a frosted acrylic stand, they are in excellent condition and will be a unique addition to any room.


Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 4” W: 5” D: 2.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 10.16 W: 12.7cm D: 6.35


1lb 7.1oz


Excellent, age appropriate signs of wear

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