Lot 316* - A191AS Asian Art: Japan, India, South-East Asia - Tuesday, 03. December 2019, 02.00 PM
A PAIR OF LARGE KARA SHISHI (TEMPLE LIONS).
Provenance: German private collection, before Dan Kelly (1939-2002), castle Gymnich.
The terms 'kara shishi' (lit. Chinese lion) and 'koma inu' (Korean dog) are nowadays used as synonyms. Traditionally a pair of shishi is positioned at the entrance of a Buddhist temple or Shintoist shrine as guards, like Niô guardians. Earlier, in Heian period (794-1185) the two figure types were distinguised between the left figure as 'shishi' with open mouth (agyô), the right one as 'koma inu' with closed mouth (ungyô).
CHF 25 000 / 35 000
€ 21 930 / 30 700