Small yellow bronze sculpture of the elephant deity Shoten embracing the female Kangiten on a lotus base. In this constellation of embrace - in esoteric Buddhism - they signify matrimonial peace and lots of offspring. Shoten is derived from Ganesha and is regarded as a wild one. Kangiten is an incarnation of the 11headed Kannon. She appeases him and converts him to Buddhism. Shoten Kangiten are usually kept in closed shrines, as ‘secret sculptures’ or hibutsu, because of the sexual allusion. Japan, Edo period or slightly later.
Height: 4.8 inches (12.3 cm).
Very good condition