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Japan Rare Pair of Hand Carved Stone Inari Fox Kitsune, Old Inari Shrine

$1,595per set

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Small is beautiful. A pair (2) that is rarely offered. Japan, a fine pair of hand carved granite stone Inari fox kitsune carved in a pleasing simple Art Deco manner, Taisho period. This pair was clearly displayed in a shrine at one time in their life. Dimensions: Each is 5.25 inches tall and 3 inches wide Provenance: Private Tokyo garden collection Wonderful sinuous castings, superb original old patina, unusual opportunity. Surface patina from appropriate age. History: Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. According to Yo¯kai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shape shift into men or women. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others as foxes in folklore often do other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers and wives. Foxes and human beings lived close together in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit and serve as its messengers. This role has reinforced the fox's supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has they may have as many as nine the older, wiser and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a Shinto deity. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.25 in. (13.34 cm)Width: 3 in. (7.62 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Taisho (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1289219931512

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