Guard Deshong Memorial from 'evil spirits 7 Chester has its Foo is examined by A. David SLenla. By CHARLENE CANAPE Daily Times S t a f f ' W r i t e r CHESTER -- P r e s i d e n t Nixon's visit lo China has created a renewed interest in Oriental art. While the President arrd Mrs. Nixon toured historic Chinese cities, Americans paid visits to museums and art galleries learning more about the mysterious Orient through its artists. On Friday, the Nixons stopped to admire a sacred Fop clog which guards a temple in the Forbidden City in Peking. The bronze dog bore a striking rcsemblan-ce to the two sacred Foo dogs which stand in front of the entrance to the Alfred 0. Dcsh'ong Art Memorial, on Edgmont Avenue. The Dcshong bronze animals, more than five centuries old. once guarded the entrance to a Japanese sanctuary. he figures, believed to ward off evil spirits, seem to have lost some of their powers. "Evil spirits" took from the Deshong collection various pieces of Oriental art worth $750 in a robbery discovcrd on Thursday. A. David Stenta, arr instructor at Chester High School who has studied Oriental art, visited the D e s h o n g Memorial to compare the Japanese Foo dogs to the one admired by Nixon. Stenta said the Foo dogs nrc cast from bronze with wax molds. '"The figures arc then hand chased to to remove any rough edges or demarcations," said Stenla. "The surface i s smoothed out and the figure is given a flawless appearance." The Foo dog in the Forbidden of the Foo dog was painted and fired by hand, according to Slcnta. The Fno dog int the Forbidden City Is more than 1,000 years old, he said. dogs, too O ~ "The Forbidden City was almost a religious center open only to families of Chinese nobility," he said. "It was like their heaven and paradise and they lived in a state of near perfection, or nirvana.'' Stenta said anyone not of noble birth who entered the city was executed. Western culture, according to Stenta, has been influencing the' Chinese for the past 100 years. "I predict the President's visit will bring about an influx of Oriental fashions, furnishings, and art objects," he said. Stenta believes art will begin lo flourish in China during the present generation. "Discipline and organization tightens things up and allows for a greater expression in the arts," he said. "The grays and the dullness of the Chinese will soon give way to the bright colors they were once known for."