Japanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi LionsJapanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi LionsJapanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi LionsJapanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi LionsJapanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi LionsJapanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi LionsJapanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi LionsJapanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi Lions

This is a bolt of 4.9 yards of Japanese silk fabric traditionally used for making obi. The woven design depicts the Shishi-Lions (equivalent to the Chinese Foo-dogs) guardians of the Buddhist temples and shrines with magical powers to repel evil. They are always displayed in pair, one with its mouth opened (Kara-shishi) and the other with its mouth closed (Koma-inu). This mythical beast was introduced to Japan via Korea and China in the 8th century AD. A pair of these lion-like guardian statues is placed at each side of a shrine and temple entrance, believed to ward off evil spirits.

This wonderful fabric is woven on a black background. Colors of the figures and other geometric designs are: vermilion red, silver, golden, gray and blue-green.

Measurements: 4.9 yards Long; 14 inches wide. Excellent condition. One self-finished edge and one unfinished edge.

Provenance: Town of Mihara, Buttsu-temple (nearby Hiroshima), Japan. Collectors' item, very rare.

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Item ID: SHISHIOBIFABRIC

Japanese Silk Fabric Bolt 4.9 yards with Foo Dogs ShiShi Lions

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