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SOLD Stone Shishi Chinese Guardian Lions 24"
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    SOLD Stone Shishi Chinese Guardian Lions 24"

    Item # 67ls45

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    This statue is sold. We may have another statue that is similar or we may be able to commission another for you. Please contact us at kyle@lotussculpture.com or 760-994-4455 if you are interested in learning more.



    • Materials: Indonesian Lava Stone, Hand Carved in Bali
    • Total Height Including Base: 24 inches each
    • Base Width & Depth: 14 x 18 inches
    • Weight: 193 pounds each
    • Chinese lions are meant to guard gates to keep out evil
    • There is a ball carved into the mouth of the lion that can move
    • In the West they are known as Foo Dogs
    • The lions are sold as a pair and shipped directly from our California gallery

    Description

    The pair of Chinese guardian lions are known as Shishi or in the West, Foo Dogs.  They are not dogs at all but lions.  They are iconic images of pre-modern China and have traditionally stood outside imperial palaces and the wealthy.  They are believed to have powerful protective benefits.  They are always displayed as a pair with a male and female lion.  The male is shown on the right and the female on the left.   This is a manifestation of yin and yang, the female representing yin and the male yang.  According to feng shui, correct placement of the lions is important to ensure their beneficial effect. When looking out of a building through the entrance to be guarded, looking in the same direction as the lions, the male is placed on the left and the female on the right.  When looking at the entrance from outside the building, facing the lions, the male lion is on the right, and the female is on the left.
    There is a ball carved into the mouths of the lions which can rattle when touched or moved.  It is an interesting feature of these sculptures. 

    The pair of Shishi are handcrafted by the stone artisans in Bali.  The Foo dogs pictured are the only sculptures like them sold by Lotus Sculpture.  When you order the pair you will receive the exact sculptures.  They are truly one of a kind as there is only one pair made exactly like this!

    About Lava Stone:  The lava stone used for our sculptures was quarried in the volcanic mountains of Indonesia.  The lava stone is a solid stone that is perfect for any type of location and weather conditions, hot or cold, wet or dry. The stone is versatile in that it can be colored in a wide spectrum of colors.  It can also be polished or unpolished giving giving it a clean or rough feel.  In humid conditions if it is left untouched it takes on a very mysterious, antique, worn look like you would see in the temple ruins of south east Asia.

    Video of Sculpture

    Care

    Lava stone statues from Bali do not need much maintenance.  The best way to maintain the statue is to simply dust the piece periodically to keep any dirt from accumulating.  They can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. 

    "You can use soap, warm water and a cotton cloth to periodically
    go over the statue to remove any dust or dirt buildup.
    "

    Soap and warm water is the best way to maintain the statue.  You can use a small brush to get into the small crevices of the statue like the hands and hair. 

    Lava stone's durability makes it perfect for cold winters and hot summers of any climate.  The stone can stand up to the harshest conditions of heat and bitter cold.  We suggest you bathe the sculpture at least once a year so that dirt does not collect on the sculpture.  This will maintain the sculpture for your grandchildren and then their grandchildren!

    If you have any questions concerning your lava stone statue please email us at info@lotussculpture.com or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.

    Shipping

    USA Shipping

    This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using R&L Freight Carriers. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us info@lotussculpture.com for a shipping quote.

    International Shipping

    This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using an international freight service. Typically we use TNT Special Services as they give the most competitive rates. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. The shipping quote will be emailed to you and no charge will be made without your approval. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us info@lotussculpture.com for a shipping quote.