This exceptional pair of figures depicts the Buddhist lions (shishi or foo dogs) that represent the male and female principle of balance. In exceptionally hard black granite they are carved in fine detail, he with the brocade ball beneath his front paw, she with a puppy beneath hers. Similar pieces from the treasure junk Tek Sing are being auctioned right now. Chinese, late Eighteenth to early Nineteenth Centuries. Approximately 5-1/4 inches tall by 4-1/2 inches long by 3 inches broad.