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Wood with traces of polychromy
Overall: 49.6 cm (19 1/2 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.351.1
Placed at the entrance to shrines and temples in Japan, lion-like guardian figures warded off evil spirits. These lion-dogs are distinguishable by their faces: one looks fierce, mouth closed, while the other seems mid-roar, mouth agape. The idea of guardian-lions likely came to Japan from China via Korea, giving rise to the name koma-inu meaning "Korean dog."
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