Saturday, August 16, 2008

Camera Critters



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Misty this is a Fu Dog.

Chinese guardian lions, also called a Fu Lions, lions of Buddha, or sometimes stone lions (獅子, Pinyin: Shíshī) in Chinese art, is a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China, which is believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), until the end of the empire in 1911.

There are Fu/Foo Dogs in real life also, but unfortunately I don't have a picture of one.

Other Camera Critters participants are here.

~PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MY LAST DRAGON HUNT AND PHOTO HUNT~

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14 comments:

Aileni said...

We have a houseful of these critters.

Talk..to..Grams said...

Your dragon is so beautiful!!
I haven't been over here forever!! Nancy my special needs daughter who has lupus was in the hospital in June. She had to have two units of blood.
She is getting better now and I am able to get out and visit a little more!!! Love and hugs, Grams

Gretchen said...

Just beautiful! I love dragons.

quilly said...

In my younger days I had a 3 foot tall ceramic Foo Dog and I loved it -- then the movie Amityville Horror came out and their ceramic Foo Dog came to life and tried to kill somebody. I put mine in the back of a deep, dark closet and don't remember ever seeing it again.

Judi~Gmj said...

Fu,Foo to you too! Great critter post. So regal looking.

Deborah Godin said...

What are real live Fu dgos?? Not those Shar-pei wrinkly ones?? I'm intrigued, but Google images only seems to have statues. I have a houseful and yardful of Buddhas, but no Fu's. Now you've given me the idea, I need a Fu or two!

Deborah Godin said...

Thanks so much for the foo dog link - they have such nice friendly faces, and gorgeous coats, I just want to hug them!

WillThink4Wine said...

I can't beleive you're able to find so many dragons, Mary! I have some friends that have a Papillon dog- one of many breeds that I refer to as fu-fu dogs. hahaha!

SandyCarlson said...

I love that dog, Mary!

Hootin' Anni said...

We have several Fu Dogs in our possession too. I have photos taken of them, but never blogged about them.

There such an interesting creature, and I love the lore behind them.

Happy Sunday.

Napaboaniya said...

I'm reminded of my grandmother with those :)

My grandmother's house used to have a pair of those on top of the main gates of her house. I remember her telling us, those were to ward off the evil energy, protect the household and bring luck. My cousins and I will tease her and say "pretty cool security guards!!" :P

Hope your weekend was a great one!! :)

Carletta said...

Gorgeous! I love the purple color I see embedded!
You have had some stunning items lately Ms.Mary!

babooshka said...

Ingenious critters.

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a lovely image. I think they are auspicious creatures.