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Extremely rare set of two polychrome stoneware Nio Guardians, muscular guardians, their bodies red glazed; their clothing in a white glaze with some blue and green decoration.
Nio stand at the entrance of many Buddhist temples and are both manifestations of bodhisattva Vajrapani.
One called Agyo, with open mouth wielding a tokkosho-weapon.
The other called Ungyo with closed mouth and bare-handed.
Together they symbolize the birth and death of all things.
Both have the same inscription: “the twenty-fifth day of the tenth (moon-) month of the year Meireki 1 (1655).
The private kiln (oniwayaki) of the governor of Sanshû [the Sanuki Fief], this was made by Rihei” with impressed mark: “Taka”.
Early Edo period.
Size; H. : 98,5 and 99 cm
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