In Okinawa they are Shisa. And they are somewhat like the Haechi in Korea, but the Haechi usually has a scaly body and a small horn on its head and sometimes small wings. The Komainu is definitely a lion and seems to have come to Japan via India along with the Buddhist faith.
Very early the Komainu were made of wood and only used indoors. But I mean very early because around the 9.Century they began appearing outside guarding temples. Most Lion Dogs come in pairs. One male and one female. The male with his mouth open and symbolic of the letter a. The female with her mouth closed and symbolic of the final letter of the Japanese alphabet forming the sound un. Together they form the word a-un, the Japanese version of the Indian om. Or the beginning and the end or the Alpha and the Omega.
This is an extremely beautiful pair from the mid-20. They retain their oval blue and white paper Japan sticker. In my search online I did not find a pair as gorgeous as these with such a brilliant glaze. They are in perfect condition and ready to adorn and guard your home. Size Male 10.25H x 3.75W x 5.75D Inches.Size Female 10.5H x 3.75W x 6D Inches. Weight 4.2 Pounds Pair.
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