This is a wonderful example of Ittobori style carved Shi Shi (lion dog) articulated head. Shi Shi are known to “repel evil spirits”. The jaw is attached by a wooden dowel, which allows the mouth to open and close. Tapping your finger rapidly on the chin makes a wood clapping sound to bring attention to its’ presence.
Shishi means Lion, Gashira means head. This carved Japanese Shishigashira articulated lion head is made of Keyaki (Zelkova) wood. It’s condition is excellent and is in its original signed kiri wood box. The box also houses a small blue and white Zabuton (cushion), for presentation, along with a paper explanation written in Japanese.
During the last 1000 years, more than 100 kinds of Shishimai have been designed and crafted in Japan (seen at the entrance of public buildings and in private residences throughout Japan). The dance wearing the Shishigashira (Lion Head) is also known as Shishimai. It is said that “Japanese people use Shishimai when praying for a good harvest, spirit purification, or to drive away evil influences”. Age: Pre-1970. Dimensions: 3-0″ w from ear tip to ear tip, 1-3/4”d x 1-7/8” h.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection