Tough love: A dramatic, large Bronze Okimono depicting a pair of wrestling Lion Dogs

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Tough love: A dramatic, large Bronze Okimono depicting a pair of wrestling Lion Dogs

 

Our highlighted item for February is this great, huge Bronze Okimono team depicting a pair of fighting Lion Canines, a the latest addition to our selection of Japanese late 19th Century Metalwork.

As 1 of the Shishi is substantially larger than the other, it is probable a guardian having fun with a “playful” wrestle with its young.

 

 

Shishi are typically depicted in the vicinity of waterfalls and in Japanese legend, it is claimed that adult Shishi would toss their offspring from a high rock as a test of the energy and resilience of their younger. If the youngster designed it back to the top rated of the summit, it would be a worthy heir and experienced attained its standing as King of the Beasts.

Maybe the scene depicted in this Okimono is aspect of that process of making ready the juvenile for the difficulties of grownup lifestyle.

 

 

Shishi are also frequently noticed amongst rocky outcrops from which mature Peonies as revealed in the underneath masterful wood carved Okimono team by Shoun. The scene symbolizing the King of Beasts among the King of Flowers.

 

Back in 2022 we wrote a web site article chatting about Shishi which seems to be further more into the origin and symbolism driving this good legendary beast. You can browse that by clicking listed here.

For a lot more data about this distinct Okimono, be sure to simply click listed here.

 

 

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