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A Figure of the Fo Dog
MNK VI-7012
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This Fo Dog figurine is an example of the wealth and diversity of colours and motifs in Chinese ceramics dating from the Kangxi era (1622–1722). Made of semi-porcelain mix, it is covered with turquoise and lavender-coloured enamel – popular hews during the Ming period, also used in the Qing period. The pedestal of our figurine features an important decorative element – a ruyi sceptre, which is a symbol of wishes of good fortune.

History of the Object
The mythical Fo (or Foo) Dogs, known as Buddha sentinels, are symbols of wisdom, bravery and courage. They are depicted as strong animals with luxuriant manes and ample tails, usually in pairs - a male with a ball and a female looking after a puppet. Fo Dogs are one of the most popular motifs used in Fear-Eastern arts and crafts, in decoration of ceramic, bronze and lacquered artefacts.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
enamel on the biscuit 
Measurements
Width 9.4 cm Height 17.3 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Kangxi period 1662-1722 
Function
decorative artwork 
Acquisition
Donated by Julian Nowak in 1946. Prof. Dr. Julian Nowak donated fine examples of ceramics datable even to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and created the most precious part of the Chinese ceramics collection. 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana Curator Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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