Vintage Japanese Moriage Porcelain Lion Dog (Shishi)
Vintage Japanese Moriage Porcelain Lion Dog (Shishi) Vintage Japanese Moriage Porcelain Lion Dog (Shishi) Vintage Japanese Moriage Porcelain Lion Dog (Shishi)

Vintage Japanese Moriage Porcelain Lion Dog (Shishi)

Ref: K-47-0047
Showa Period (1926-89)

Shishi or lion dogs are guardian figures modelled in pairs and are often seen at entrances to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to ward off evil spirits. They resemble the Chinese foo-dogs. This animated male Shishi bares his teeth skyward and balances his front paws on a traditional, pierced ball. It is decorated with moriage slip decoration and hand painted in deep red, orange, green and gold. 

c. 1930
W 8 D 6 H 9 in.
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