LION DOGS

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A pair of Japanese wooden koma inu, protective lion dogs from a Shinto shrine. One figure with his mouth slightly open, one with its mouth closed, mouthing the phrase A-UnA-Un is a Sanskrit term adopted by Buddhism, which refers to the all encompassing  knowledge of Buddha and of Yin-Yang opposition and interdependence. A-un represents A and Om, the first and last letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. They symbolize the start and end of all things. Two figures in such mutual inter-dependence were thought to form a perfect union of cooperation and synergism. The pair with extensive worm damage and heavily weathered from age. One figure with old restoration to its face.     
Edo Period (1600-1868)
14" & 14½” high x  each 11" wide x 7" deep

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