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Stone Tobikomi Shi-Shi Guardian Beast Ah-Un Late-Edo/Meiji ca. 1875

Stone Tobikomi Shi-Shi Guardian Beast Ah-Un Late-Edo/Meiji ca. 1875


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 1407134

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An open-mouthed ("ah") tobikomi shi-shi (lit. diving Chinese lion) sculpted from a gray-blue igneous stone. Late-Edo Period/early-Meiji Era ca. 1875. With the exception of old loss to the shi-shi's right eyebrow, excellent condition.

Height, including base: 46 cm
Width of base: 25 cm
Depth of base: 42 cm
Packaged weight: 49 kg.

Sculpted in the rarely seen "diving" pose with understated stylistic flair, this playful guardian beast was originally paired with a similarly styled close-mouthed ("un") shishi and placed at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple.

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