Door Guardians are usually found on the main doors, facing out, in Chinese temples, clan and trade association buildings and old houses. Some are painted onto the doors while others are printed on paper and pasted on. They are depicted as ancient Chinese Imperial Generals in full military regalia, are ferocious looking and standing ready in a martial stance. It is the belief that the guardians prevent roaming demons and ghosts from entering the house thus protecting the inhabitants within.
Peter, Wuan and I had wanted to eat dim sum at one of the shops in Campbell Street one morning. Parking space was scarce and Peter had to drive around to look for one. He finally found a vacant space in Rope Walk, or now known as Jalan Pintal Tali, and that was where we stumbled upon this duo of guardians which looked unlike those found elsewhere. The guardians looked sedate and void of all the military garbs. Instead they were illustrated wearing noblemen?s attire and holding brass wine cups.