MINGEI FOXES

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A pair of fok art Japanese wooden Inari shrine foxes. The fox (kitsune) is the guardian spirit of the rice fields and herald-messenger (misaki) to the Shinto rice god, Inari Myôjin. One of the gesso covered wood figures with his mouth slightly open possibly originally holding a treasure house (kura) key, one with its mouth closed, together mouthing the phrase A-Un. A-Un is a Sanskrit term adopted by Buddhism, which refers to the all encompassing nature and knowledge of Buddha and of Yin-Yang opposition and interdependence. The pair with a dark patina from smoke and age. With missing tails, losses to gesso and damage from age.
18th-19th century
Each 6½" tall

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