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Antique Pair Japanese Carved Wood Shishi Gaurdians


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 1382680

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A pair of powerful Shishi guardian carvings dating from the later Edo period, 18th-19th century, in the Ah-Un expression (Exhaling and inhaling). Ah-Un has many allusions, it is the beginning and end of the alphabet, summarizing all in between, and is said to be inhaling good fortune, and exhaling bad. Glass eyes inset into very human faces. They are 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall, 9-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (24 x 14 cm). Ah has a chip in the foot and tip of the tail whereas the end of the tail has been broken off of Un.