Subject:Re: A pair of small bronze foo dogs
Posted By: Suzume Mon, Jun 07, 2021
I see a lot of this sort of foo dog for sale in Japan. They call them "Shishi" over there.
Just looking at them, my guess would be that they're iron, painted to look like bronze. A quick way to tell is to get a magnet. If they're magnetic, well they're iron. Also if you can see any small rust spots, means they're iron (you might actually be able to see some on the third photo on the rear leg of the dog - I can't quite tell).
My guess would be 20th to 21st century in terms of age.
Hope this helps,