During the Ming Dynasty sculptural tiles became popular architectural elements that were used in temples, altars, imperial palaces and gardens. Foo dogs and dragons decorated eaves and entryways to ward off any evil. This foo dog has its mouth wide open, sharp fangs and beady eyes. Mounted on a contemporary metal stand.
13″ tall 7″ wide 6″ deep (incl. stand), glazed ceramic, China (Qing Dynasty), late 19th century