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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