Shishi or lion dogs are guardian figures modeled 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.
Showa Period (1926-89)
Width 8 Depth 6 Height 9 in.