Very unusual pair of komainu or guardian dogs to a Shinto or Buddhist shrine. The left one with the mouth open and drooping ears, the right one with its mouth closed and with the ears perked up. Very fine and smooth bronze cast with rich brown patination. Makers mark engraved into the bottoms. The name consists of a single character that can be read in a variety of ways: Yasushi, but also Hiroshi, Yutaka, Toru or Akira; followed by “saku” or “made by”. Japan, early 20th century.
Height: left 9 inches, right 9.1 inches (22.8 and 23.2 cm).