Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Like shrines and temples everywhere, on Kunisaki Peninsular there are plenty of the guardian Komainu. This one with a flat head is supporting a lantern.
This is a variation on a modern style. Some komainu, like here, have a baby under its paw.
Often seen with elephants and dragons, the ends of beams are carved as komainu
This one is sitting on top of a turtle.... something Ive never seen before.
There are dozens of different styles of komainu, and part of the fascination with visiting shrines for me is to discover new variations.
All of these were found on the Kunisaki peninsular in northern Kyushu.