A set of two wooden shishi-lions, with their claws and mouth coloured white.
They were carved for finals for beams in a temple (kibana). One lion has its mouth open while the other’s is shut. As a part of Buddhist symbolism the open mouth is meant to be forming the sound “a” あ, while the closed mouth is forming the sound “un” うん. Combined, they form the word a-un. “a” and “un” are symbolic of all beginnings and endings,
We will add a certificate of origin when shipping.
Lot will be carefully packed and sent by registered shipping.
- Total nr of items
- set of 2 shi-shi
- Meiji period (1868-1912)
- Region/ Country of origin
- Title of artwork
- two wooden shishi-lions, with their claws and mouth coloured white., one with open mouth
- Good condition, see description
- 29.5×24×36 cm