Kara Shi Shi (One of a pair of Fu Dogs)
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.
- Anne Bromberg, Label text, 2016.
- Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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