Shisi

Price:  320,00

Lovely bronzed metal okimono 置物 (decorative object) shaped like a temple lion 獅子 (shishi) leaning against a playing ball, known as ‘temari’ 手毬with an open motif of peony 牡丹 (botan) and scrolling vines (karakusa). The ball is separate from the lion.

Approx. size:
Height 34.8 cm, Width 42 cm, Depth 19 cm.
Weight 11.7 kg.
Period: Japan – Second half Shôwa period (1950-1989).

It is in in a very good original condition with some loss of patina conform age, and minor oxidation on the bottom. Please look at the photos for a clear condition reference.

Shishi-botan, literally lion and peony, has been a very popular motif in Japan. Shishi was believed as the king of all animals. And also, peony was believed as the king of all flowers. They were very often depicted together since ancient time. The original idea came from Buddhism. It was said that only one thing which could kill the strongest animal, shishi, was an insect in his body. And it was believed that the night dew of peony was the only one thing which can kill this insect. This motif was loved as a bold symbol and splendid combination.

Ref. No. : C1152

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