Edo period Bronze Shishi Kouro, Lion-Dog Incense BurnerMore Details
Amazing quality cast bronze incense burner collected at Japanese auction.
Circa mid-late Edo period (18th-19th century)
Shishi is translated as "lion" but it can also refer to a dog with magical properties and the power to repel evil spirits.
The open mouth, along with the pierced ball, indicate a male shishi, representing the Yang, male, and active principle of the universe.
The ball he is holding has design of peony flowers. Shishi (king of all animals) and peony (king of all flowers) are often used together for kimono motif, samurai armor decoration, painting themes, etc...
It is in excellent condition.
Size: H14" (36cm), W 20" (50cm), D 8" (20cm)
Location: Kyoto Warehouse
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