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Wooden sculpture of Shoten Kangiten, Japan, Taisho?

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Wooden sculpture of Shoten Kangiten, Japan, Taisho?

Small figure of the elephant deities Shoten and the female Kangiten embracing on a lotus base. They signify matrimonial peace and lots of offspring. Shoten is derived from Ganesha and is regarded as a wild one. Kangiten is a female incarnation of the 11headed Kannon. She appeases him and converts him to Buddhism. Wood with traces of pigments. Japan, Taisho era?
Height: ca. 5.75 inches (19 cm)
Some traces of usage, few thin age cracks in wood.

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