China dreamstone paintings, Japan antique stone lanterns Asain antiques Schneible Fine ArtSchneible Fine Arts LLC
Japan magnificent pair stone Shi Shi Komainu 18c.

browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1800: item # 1136390

Please refer to our stock # 112 when inquiring.

Click to view additional online
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Schneible Fine Arts LLC
837 Bay Road
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
(802) 279-7601

Guest Book


Japan magnificent pair stone Shi Shi Komainu 18c.
Can you imagine these beautiful beasts in your garden? A monumental and choice pair of stone Japanese Shi Shi Komainu dating to the middle Edo period, 18th century. Undoubtedly originally from a temple, they would have served as entry guardians. They measure 37" high and 27"d and 12"w without bases. The bases are not included.

Older pairs of Buddhist mythological "Komainu" like these are infrequently found in this choice quality and this early age. They are often seen guarding entrances to Japanese Buddhist temples and shrines. Shishi are traditionally depicted in pairs, one with mouth open (Ah) and one with mouth closed (Un). "Ah" is the first sound in the Japanese alphabet, while "N" (pronounced "un") is the last. These two sounds symbolize beginning and end, birth and death, and all possible outcomes (from alpha to omega) in the cosmic dance of existence.

LIFETIME GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee. This guarantee never ends. Call for further details and free shipping/delivery during month of April, 802-279-7601.

Please join us for our first antique garden exhibiton at the Newport, Rhode Island 2012 Flower Show! Rosecliff Mansion, 424 Bellvue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 June 22-24, 2012 Details: (802) 279-7601 or email:

Page design by TROCADERO © 1998-2013 View Cart
Categories Shops Join Terms Critique Map Help