A PAIR OF KANGXI PERIOD DOGS
Measurements: 6.3 cm - height
Description: A rare matching pair of Kangxi period glazed guardian dogs. The figurines are executed in bright green glaze, with their mouth agape and tongues sticking out, resting on their back feet. One is sitting to the right and one to the left with their heads to the sides. They were likely meant to be used as incense holders as the have a small hollow slot on the back of each figurine. The price is for the pair.
Dogs and lions of Fo Chinese sculptors modelled statues after native dogs for use outside their temples as guardians. The mythic version of the animal, was known as the Dog of Fo, the word Fo being Chinese for Buddha. The Buddhist version of the dog was originally introduced to Han China as the protector of dharma and these dogs have been found in religious art as early as 200 BC. Gradually they were incorporated as guardians of the Chinese Imperial dharm. However, Chinese sensitivity metamorphosed the dog into a lion, even though lions were not indigenous to China, since this seems more appropriate to the dignity of an emperor when he used the beasts to guard his gates. (Excerpt taken from here)
Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck The samples recovered from the shipwrecked cargo are exclusively Chinese ceramics, in the main blue and white porcelain, all assessed by experts to be excellent examples of early Chinese Kangxi in origin of a quality indicating they were manufactured in the famous porcelain center of Jingdezhen in the Jiangsu Province. Jingdezhen kilns made porcelain over two millennia, since the Han Dynasty period. Blue and white porcelain was the most famous product of Jingdezhen, and reached the height of its technical excellence in the early Ching Dynasty. The very high quality cobalt blue colouring, distinctive on the early Kangxi period fine porcelains where it is referred to as 'gem blue' or 'kingfisher blue', is much purer and brighter than that of Ming Dynasty wares.
Provenance: From the ‘Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck’; lost in the South China sea, late 17th century AD, recovered in 2014.
Period: Kangxi Period, Late 17th century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, some dulling and crazing of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.