Pair of foxes, the guardian figures for a kitchen. One holding a jewel in the mouth, both wearing a jewel on top of their heads, meaning abundance and wealth. On their chests a flaming jewel has been painted. Under the soot the bright colors white and red are visible. They were messengers of the goddess of rice, Inari. The figures are made in two halves (front and back), a sheet of clay being pressed into a concave mold. Joining the two halves results in a hollow figure. After firing, the pottery was covered with gesso, over which bright colors were painted. Japan, late Edo period. Mingei.
Measurements: 12 ¼ x 6 ½ x 3 5/8 inches and 12 x 7 ½ x 3 ¾ inches.
Pottery covered in soot, partly rubbed off, left ear of the white deer broken and glued, base to the red deer broken and glued.