Antique stone dogs
Most of historical relics in the world let the people fell into
reverie about a tales with relics, as for example, the Qin Terra-cotta
Soldiers and Horse Figures. Here also is one kind of belt tales relics,
the Leizhou city and its statues of dogs. It is said that all the
villages of this area count more than ten thousand stone dogs, and now
the exhibition center of Antique Stone Dog has collected more than 1000
These stone dogs, (the bigest are more than a meter height, the smallest are like a fish), had been sculpted using local basalt. The modeling of Stone dogs is nature and rough, both form and spirit, showing in different poses and with different expressions, most of them didn’t show gender attributes, so you can’t say whether they are male or female. The majority of Stone dogs are in sitting posture, both eyes faces upwards to regard. Before those Stone Dogs were staying at the entrance or at the back of villages, or on the side of roads or fields, or on the side of river. Some of Stone dogs stayed behind the houses or above the roof of these ones, some temples also were decorated with Stone Dogs, most of these stone dogs have a base. The Stone Dogs have been eroded by centuries of wind, rain and sun, many stone dogs have been seriously effloresced, obviously these Stone dogs have been existing for long time.
However, when did the stone dogs begin to exist ? How many dynasties have been in vogue ? Which nationalities “the God” belong to ? What is the function of Stone Dogs ? What are the meaning of the different shapes of Stone Dogs ?
What’s Stone Dog’s “owner responsibilities" in different place ? Which God image is Stone Dog ? Since late the Stone Dogs lost his prestige, how to preserve Stone Dogs ? Are the stone dogs one kind of historical culture ? Why don’t the history books write the culture character of stone dogs ?