Also known as Temple Lions or Imperial Lions.
You’ve probably see them all over Chinatown. They are highly regarded as fierce protectors and are a symbol of wealth and social status. They are seen as a couple and frequently displayed in front of main doors, but can also be seen in window sills. The male fu dog holds a globe under his right paw symbolizing control over his domain, while the female holds a cub under her left paw symbolizing protective maternal instincts.
These creatures are displayed to prevent bad feng shui and ill intent towards the occupants. It can be used as a pair for front entrances, or individually, if combined with a pi yao and qilin to form the 3 celestial beings to protects against the three killings.
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