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Chinese Huanghuali Buddhist Lion Toggle, 18th C., Qing  

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DESCRIPTION: An appealing Chinese toggle (guajian), carved from Huanghuali wood (a hardwood similar to Rosewood) in the form of a Buddhist lion seated on a plinth with one paw placed on top of a ball. With raised tail, textured fur on his back, and brass studs decorating the eyes and each limb, this foo dog would have been used as a counterweight for a tobacco pouch or other object suspended from a belt. Displaying a luscious patina from use and handling, this little grinning lion is a real charmer and a wonderful Chinese folk art piece; 18th C. DIMENSIONS: 1 ¼” wide (3.2 cm) x 1 ½” high (3.8 cm).
  Stock #SN103

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