Pair of stone Koma-Inu (lit. Korean dog), each beast and accompanying base sculpted from a single piece of tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Meiji Era ca. 1900. Minor old loss, most notably to the base of each Koma-Inu. Variegated lichen accumulation.
Height of each piece, including base: 46~47 cm
Width of base: 22 cm
Depth of base: 33 cm.
A small-scale, classic "ah-un" pair of Koma-Inu guardian beasts, the "ah" piece with maw open and the "un" piece with maw closed, originally placed on either side of a minor temple or shrine entryway.
Matching pairs of stone Koma-Inu rarely become available in the local Japanese market.