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Wooden Koma-Inu Korean Dog Guardian Beast Early-Edo 17 c.

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1700: Item # 1366874

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Koma-inu (lit. Korean dog, but typically referred to in English as lion dog) sculpted with the yosegi-zukuri (joined wood-block construction) technique and finished in lacquer and gilt, the eyes of painted inset crystal. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Minor old wood loss, most notably to the front section of the left foreleg, the right eyebrow, and a tip of the gently curved mane, plus significant loss overall to the gilt and lacquer finish.

Height: 21.3 cm
Length: 22.5 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

A notably strong little koma-inu.