A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century

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Lot 863
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU
Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century

US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£ 23,000 - 38,000
Property of Various Owners
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU
Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
Each carved and assembled from cypress, with curly manes and tails and well-defined musculature, the shishi with its mouth open uttering the syllable a and the horned koma-inu with its mouth closed uttering the syllable un, the eyes inlaid in copper, with traces of gesso and pigment
24 1/4in (61.6cm), (22in (55.8cm) high

Footnotes

  • This exceptional pair of early figures maintains the iconographic distinction between the koma-inu (literally, "Korean dog") with a single horn and the shishi (lion) without a horn which appears to have largely disappeared during the later Muromachi period. For a similar pair of slightly earlier date in the Yakushiji Temple, Nara, recently restored and exhibited at Nara National Museum in February-March 2018, see https://www.narahaku.go.jp/exhibition/2018toku/yakushiji/yakushiji_index.html and for a smaller example of comparable date to the present lot (but both without horns) in Metropolitan Museum of Art (formerly Burke Collection), see https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/53190
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A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A SHISHI AND A KOMA-INU Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
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