Two granite komainu sculptures 'Lion, temple guardian' - Mongolia/China - 19th century or earlier, each weighing more than 50 kg
Ever-present in sanctuaries, komainu statues have only been used outdoors since the 14th century. According to a commonly held Asian belief, the lion is thought to have the power to repel evil and therefore is usually used to guard the doors and gates of Buddhist monasteries.
Length: 45 cm
Width: 19 cm
Height: 36 cm