Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
Antique Japanese wooden temple carving of a fu dog (fu lion, or shishi). Carved of keyaki (zelkova elm) wood with wonderful details including characteristic swirling fur and wide, toothy jaws, this fu dog is a powerful Shinto temple guardian. Wide eyes are made of reverse-painted glass with irises of two different colors and with pupils of varying width, adding an intensity to his expression.

Age: Edo Period (circa early 1800's)

Dimensions: 39 1/4" long x 11 1/4" high x 6" deep
item #1428172