Temple Guardian Lions, also known as komainu, shishi, or foo dogs, are intimidating, mythical, lion-like creatures seen across a breath of art forms, ranging from architecture to tattoos. As they symbolize prosperity, success, and guardianship, they're full of meaning. Since as early as the Han Dynasty, Chinese Buddhism has taught that these mythical guardian lions have special protective powers.
Buddhism considers the lion a sacred creature. Lions represent peace, and are believed to impart calmness onto anyone who bears their mark. Conversely, they also represent energy and happiness. Guardian lions almost always appear in pairs, whether it be in statue or tattoo form. Together, the two are said to represent the binary: they're a study in contrast and complement, strength moderated by gentleness and wisdom, or, more simply, yin and yang.
- Set includes 2 Foo Dogs
- Made of wood
- Measure approx 2" x 1.25" x 1.5"