All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1303745 (stock #FIG84)
DESCRIPTION: A great pair of wood koma-inu dogs (also called Shishi or Fu dogs) covered overall in a dark brown lacquer with traces of gilt. Such dogs were always found in pairs, male and female. Huge stone examples were placed at the entrances of Buddhist temples to protect against evil spirits. These smaller wood versions were used on either side of sacred shrines as part of the internal decoration...