Large pair of Kutani Shishi Lions,Foo Dogs, Koma-inuThis is a really nice large matched pair of kutani Japanese Shishi Lions. It is not easy to find these in pairs, so now is your chance! This pair is in excellent shape with no chips, cracks or breaks that I can find. They date back to some time around the Taisho Period of the early to mid 20 th century (circa 1920s). Shishi Lions (Foo Dogs) Koma-inu
Shishi lions are magical creatures that often stand guard (in place of the more common Nio Protectors) at both sides of the entrance of many Japanese temples and Shinto shrines. The male is often depicted with its mouth open in an effort to scare off demons or anyone with evil intentions, and the female often has her mouth closed in order to keep the good spirits inside. Another explanation is that the open mouth Shishi is uttering the sound "Ah" which first syllable in Sanskrit (as well as Japanese), and means birth or beginning (alpha). The closed mouth Shishi is able to utter the sound "Un" or " Om " (even with her mouth tightly closed), which is the last Syllable in both Sanskrit and Japanese, and means ending or death (omega). Together, they represent the alpha and the omega and all of the cosmic possibilities in between. Female Dimensions:
Hight : 22.25cm (8.75 inches)
Width: 20cm (8 inches)
Depth: 21cm (8.25 inches) Male Dimensions:
Hight : 23.5cm (9.25 inches)
Width: 19cm (7.5 inches)
Depth: 18.5cm (7.25 inches) NOTE: Please read description thoroughly and ask any questions you may have before bidding, as all sales are final (unless the item has been grossly misrepresented). If item is lost or arrives damaged, a refund can only be given if the buyer purchased the optional insurance, or if they use Express mail which automatically includes insurance for purchases up to $100.00 in value. I must be notified of any claims within one week from the time of delivery. Thank you for your interest.