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Pair of Nio, guardian figures, wood, Japan, Edo period

Pair of Nio, guardian figures, wood, Japan, Edo period


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1145467

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A pair of medium size guardians, nio. The one on the right with his mouth closed wards off evil with one hand and holding a now lost object in the other. The Nio on the left, with his mouth wide open, holds a single pronged vajra in one hand while warding off evil with the other. Soft wood (kiri or sugi) with lots of traces of mineral colors (red, blue, green). Japan, Edo period, late 18th, early 19th century.
Height: circa 33.5 inches.
Some repairs, few cracks, basically in very good and stable condition.