Very large shishi’gashira 獅子頭 (temple lion head)

Price:  1.300,00

Huge red and black lacquer solid wooden shishi’gashira 獅子頭 (temple lion head) with lovely carved and gilded details. The lion has a very imposing expression.
Such a head was used during the traditional Japanese dance called ‘shishimai’ 獅子舞 (lion dance).
The jaw can be moved freely from the head, and the ears and point can be removed. The back with a piece of black hairy fur.

Size including ears:
Height 65 cm, Width 99 cm, Depth 63 cm.

Period: Japan – Late Meiji period – Taishô period (First quarter 20th century).

It is in a very good original condition with some traces of age and wear. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

Japan has a long tradition of the lion dance and the dance is known as shishi-mai (獅子舞) in Japanese. It is thought to have been imported from China during the Tang Dynasty, and became associated with the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday. The first lion dance recorded in Japan was at the inauguration ceremonies of Tōdai-ji in Nara in 752. The dance is commonly performed during the New Year to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits, and the lion dancers may be accompanied by flute and drum musicians. It is also performed at other festivals and celebrations. In some of these performances, the lions may bite people on the head to bring good luck. (From Wikipedia). See the last photo on how a shishi’gashira head is worn during such a dance.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : B4024


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