Saturday, April 5, 2014

Komainu of Shikoku part 2


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The second post on the diverse styles of komainu I encountered in Shikoku while walking the pilgrimage. The first post is here. With bibs as paw warmers, at Temple 16, Kannonji.

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Guarding the approach to Kushibuchi Hachman Shrine in Tokushima.

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Wrapped in shimenawa at Ikuchi Shrine, Tokushima.

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At Ebisu Shrine in Naka, Tokushima. the male will often be depicted with a paw resting on a ball, but here the ball is balanced on the paw.

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Its female opposite, often depicted with a cub/pup. The upper jaw seems to be missing which gives it a strange appearance.

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