Foo Dog Art
Foo dogs are mythical lion-like animals that are protectors. Foo dog statues can be found in various parts in Asia flanking the entrances and gates to palaces, buildings, temples and homes. These guard dogs keep watch and were historically placed to ward off any negative energies. They are shown with bulging eyes, curly fur and mischievous smiles, often with wide-open roaring mouths to present a fierce appearance, the better to drive off unwanted spirits.