CF60002 Pair of Chinese Architectural Corbels in the form of Male and Female Shi (Auspicious Guardian Fu Lions), Anhuei province. Carved wood entrance beam supports protecting a wealthy home, depicted in a dynamic outstretched “flying” posture in opposing directions. The female facing left, embraces a roaring cub. The male facing right, grasps a pierced decorative ball. Each well carved with mouths open, tongue protruding, ears flat, coiled hair along spine extending to the bushy tail with a red ribbon passing through the mouth and trailing beside and entwining each figure and tenons front and back. Minor losses, overall fine condition.
Female: 17-1/2” high x 39-1/2” long x 15” deep.
Male: 16-1/2” high x 36” long x 15” deep.
18th century.
Ex Collection: Sally Fall, San Diego, CA.

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