Birthed from the introduction of lion symbolism from India during the Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220).
Chinese lions have guarded entrances to Imperial homes, offices, palaces, tombs, and more. The more numerous and tighter the curls, the more important the place they were guarding.
They are always shown in pairs. The male rests his paw on a embroidered ball or pearl (xiù qiú) and represents Yang. The female rests hers on a playful cub and represents Yin.
In English and many Western languages, they are misnamed as "Foo Dogs".
Browse our gift shop for matchless Asian inspired gifts and handcrafted jewelry featuring hardstones comparable to the museum's collection. Distinctive Asian gifts include cloisonné pots, geisha dolls, beautiful snuff bottles, mahjong tiles, and more!
The shop also has a variety of quality and affordable Judaica gifts for any special Jewish holiday. Purchase your unique menorah, mezuzah, Seder plate, Kiddush cup, candle holders, etc. to celebrate your milestones and traditions! These are just some of the items you'll find that will assure your satisfaction.
DVD tours, conducted by Mr. Jack Belz, CEO of Belz Enterprises and founder of the Belz Museum, are also available. In the 45-minute video, Mr. Belz offers his commentary on some of his favorite works of art and on the skill of the artists and craftsmen that inspired his amazing collection.