UPwithART 2.0 - 24-30 May 2020

Artist Unknown

Title Foo Dog
Medium Colour woodblock print (c. 1850)
Image Size 11 x 9 in.

Value: $300

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.