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Luminescent White Clay Sculpture of Inari Foxes
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Pair of Inari Foxes of sculptured and fired clay with luminescent powered white glaze. In traditional Japanese art, a pair of foxes typically flank the deity Inariís shrine image. But in modern times, images of Inari have all but disappeared, replaced instead by images of Oinariís messenger, the magical shape-shifting fox (kitsune 狐). Here the symbolism is two-fold. First, rice is sacred in Japan, closely associated with fertility (the pregnant earth) and with sustaining life. Inari and Inariís foxes must therefore be placated -- otherwise it would be disastrous to the livelihood of the nationís farmers and people. One fox has a jewel (houju) in his mouth, and the other carries in his mouth a letter (makimono), fulfilling his role as a messenger. These striking sculptures will transcend any room with their beauty, charm and elegance. 22 inches, 56cm tall.


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