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Figure

Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Bizen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed stoneware

  • Museum number:

    193-1877

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 19, shelf 8

A shishi is a mythical beast sometimes known as a 'Chinese Lion' or 'Dog of Fo'. Their carved figures are often found, usually in pairs, in the grounds of temples or shrines, where they guarded against evil spirits and demons. This particular shishi is made of glazed stoneware and was produced at the Bizen kilns (modern Okayama Prefecture) in Japan. Shishi are often shown near waterfalls or amid rocks and peonies. They are said to cast out their young from a high rock. If the cub begins to climb up again it is judged to be a perfect beast. Many depictions of shishi climbing up rocks are found in Japanese art.

Physical description

Figure of a shishi, stoneware with thin glaze, Bizen ware.

Place of Origin

Bizen (made)

Date

ca. 1750-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glazed stoneware

Dimensions

Height: 13 in, Length: 78.5 cm

Descriptive line

Figure of shishi, glazed stoneware; Japan, Bizen, Edo period, ca. 1750-1850

Labels and date

FIGURE OF A SHISHI
Stoneware with thin glaze
Bizen ware
JAPANESE; c. 1750-1850
193-1877
A shishi is a mythical beast sometimes known as a 'Chinese Lion' or 'Dog of Fo'. Their carved figures are found, usually in pairs, in the grounds of temples guarding against demons. This shishi may have served the same purpose in a domestic shrine. Shishi are also often shown near waterfalls or amid rocks and peonies. Shishi are said to cast out their young from a high rock. If the cub begins to climb up again it is judged to be a perfect beast. Many depictions of shishi climbing up rocks are found in Japanese art. []

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Glazed

Subjects depicted

Lions (animals)

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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