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Japan Big Antique Glass Eye Bulls Pair of Sculptures, Important Temple Find

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Two big glass eye Temple bulls, 19th century From Our Recent Japanese Acquisitions Travels Wow! When we laid eyes on this magnificent pair of hand carved wooden temple bulls, we were flabbergasted. We have never seen these before in private hands. Rarely available, each bull features exquisite Japanese artisan craftsmanship complete with original inlaid glass eyes. The temple or shrine bull commonly found in many temples, symbolize important and sacred meaning in Japan, for its presence commemorates famous poet and scholar, Sugawara no Michizane who reportedly was buried on the spot that the bull pulling his carriage dictated. Later that place became the site of the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine (in Fukuoka), dedicated to Tenjin. This wonderful pair of hand carved and hand painted wooden large-scale Buddhist bulls date solidly to the Edo period, mid-19th century and attesting to the surface weatherization appropriate to their good age. The large works are carved in hardwood with finely rendered snout, ears, tails and bodies. Much original patina remains on these treasures. Dimensions: 10 inches high and 26 inches length Age: Edo period, 19th century They would make superb decor for fireplace, mantel, or entryway placements. Irreplaceable. Provenance: Private Fukuoka collection. History: There are many shrines in Japan dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a famous poet, scholar and politician from the Heian Period, who after death was deified, becoming Tenjin, the kami of scholarship, literature and calligraphy. The legend says that during his funerals, the bull pulling the carriage stopped abruptly and refused to go further. So, Sugawara no Michizane was buried on that spot and later, the place became the site of the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine (in Fukuoka), dedicated to Tenjin. Because of this legend, many shrines dedicated to Tenjin have a large statue representing a bull lying down. Only one pair. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1850
  • Condition Details
    Expected stable hairlines in wood from natural wear and good age.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 10 in. x W 26 in. x D 11 in.H 25.4 cm x W 66.04 cm x D 27.94 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1289216166271
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