Jade Temple Lions recovered from an old warehouse.
These are 4 " tall
NOTE: These are natural stone so some slight variation in color will occur from pair to pair.
Temple Lion statues appeared in China with the coming of Buddhism.
These are known as a Pair of Jade Foo dogs (temple lions). There is one Male Lion and one Female Lion in the set. The ball the Male Lion is stepping on represents authority and command. For the Female Lion, its claws over its cub symbolizes protection and loyalty.
They symbolize defense and protection and are often seen guarding entrances and gateways to buildings. The Lion is the symbol of majestic strength, great courage and strength of character.
Where to place them?
In front of the outside of your home (or office) entrance door with their backs to the door.
If you place them inside of your home or office, the foo dogs faces should be facing outside (not facing towards inside of your home).
Avoid placing them on the floor, and always on pedestals. The male goes on the right side and female goes on the left side.
When a Temple Lion is seen playing with a ball, it is to signify the moon pearl which symbolizes blessings and protection against evil, and the ball also represents the sun, which is Yang. Always have a pair. One is bad luck.
Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy. They are from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. They are also used in other artistic contexts, for example on door-knockers, and in pottery. Pairs of guardian lion statues are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance. They can be found in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.