FOO DOG LEFT CHEST PANEL

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FOO DOG LEFT CHEST PANEL

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FOO DOG LEFT CHEST PANEL

A3 FRAMED ORIGINAL HAND PAINTED

These creatures are a common sight in traditional Japanese tattoos, but contrary to what their name implies, they aren’t really dogs at all. They’re actually descended from Chinese lions, which are known as shi and considered the king of all beasts. “Foo dog” is just what westerners started calling them when they first encountered statues of the lions in Japan, where they are referred to as komainu.

Because of lions’ natural instinct to protect their own, foo dogs became seen as talismans of protection with the power to ward away demons, so wealthy families started commissioning statues of them to place at the entrances to palaces and temples.

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