From the Collection of James Patten
This fine example of Chinese 19th century wood block printing depicts a Chinese guardian lions often called “Foo Dogs” in the West. They originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism, subsequently spread to other parts of Asia including, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos. This fella guarded my front hall for years. I particularly like the bold colours and the subtle, yet effective, use of silver ink throughout.