INARI GOD

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Japanese carved wood sculpture of Inari, the Shinto god of rice and food, riding a fox. More exactly and as a good example of the complexity of Japanese religions the figure represents the syncretistic fusion of the Hindu and Buddhist goddess Dakini with the Shinto Inari. The fox acts as the vehicle of the goddess, her messenger, as well as protector. The magical abilities of the fox and its ability to transform into human form are the basis for numerous traditional Japanese legends and myths. The Shinto Inari's association with Buddhism may have begun in the 8th century, when Shingon Buddhist monk and founder, Kukai, took over administration of the temple of Toji in Kyoto, and chose Inari as a protector of the temple. With losses including to one of Inari's hands and the foxes ear. With losses to pigment.
Edo Period (1600-1868)
17" high

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