Kara Shi Shi (One of pair of Fu Dogs)

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DATE:
1200–1300
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General Description

In Japan, Buddhist temples were often guarded by a pair of Fu dogs, the Japanese version of Chinese dog-lion sculptures. Such dogs were believed to be the mounts of Manjusri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. The male-female pair of dogs also guarded the homes of wealthy people and brought good luck.

Excerpt from

  • Anne Bromberg, Label text, 2016.

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