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Very Unusual Edo p. Catfish Shrine Carving

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Very Unusual Edo p. Catfish Shrine Carving
A catfish swims among the rocks and reads, the current flowing like the swish of its tail behind on this beautiful Mingei Shrine carving dating from the later Edo period. Of course it calls to mind the Zen Koan, how does one catch a catfish with a gourd…. This came from a shrine in Otsu prefecture at the foot of Mt. Hie which was torn down last year. It had been between the upper beam and the gable on the front of a smaller Shrine on the grounds of a Tendai Temple. The carving is 39 x 5.5 x 15 cm (15 x 2 x 6 inches). It once had wire whiskers, one of which is no longer present.


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