Finally, Fu Dogs to call my own

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11 Responses to “Finally, Fu Dogs to call my own”

  1. duncancreamer says:

    FU too Dawg!

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Couldn’t adopt a live Mountain Ice Demon from the Land of Dreams, eh?

  3. foobar says:

    YOLO. (You Obviously Love Owls.)

  4. cstatman says:

    my grandmother used to have many sets of these,  (please explain the connection between Jewish grandmas and Mahjong?)      and I’m wondering if that may have been part of your inspiration/want.     either or?  that’s a cool set of Fu Dogs.   

    • Mahjohg and tile rummy (rummy cube?) were really popular amongst the Catskills/Pochonos set of elderly jews in my family. That said, my beloved and revered (we named my daughter after her) grandmother collected Elephants, not mythical Chinese lions. 
      I think I intentionally keep some of that funny old jewish mysticism around tho. I view these lovely fu dogs much in the same way I do the a beautiful mezuzah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…. Logically, I know. Something in me loves the idea of these warding devices and that they are so beautifully made. Even if I sometimes may not believe enough, I think the person who made them very well may have. 

  5. Jen Onymous says:

    Actually, the ball is not “the world.”  I’ve seen descriptions that say that the cub is born from an “egg” made of hair torn out when the Guardian Lion Thingies do the crazy thing to conceive the cub.  The ball is the leftover hair-ball (in some statues, you can see spare ends of threads on the ground) and the other lion/dog is suckling the cub from its paw.

    My Dad has a soapstone set from China that has the detailing described.

    In any event, congrats on the very sweet find.

  6. Lloyd Miller says:

    Um how long is that dog gonna stay in front of that screen? :-)

  7. Jorgebob says:

    On Okinawa where I’m from, they are called Shii-saa. The male and female pair are guardians of the home and are placed either on the roof above the entrance or at the front gates.

  8. Cliff Hesby says:

    The Roger Zelazny novel Lord Demon completed after his death by Jane Lindskold has the hero, a courtly demon from Chinese mythology, rescuing and protecting an intelligent pair of talking Fu Dogs from their uncaring godly Masters.  Fun characters in a fun book.

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