Condition: Excellent

Pair of Antique Japanese Zuijin dolls (“Minister of the Right” & “Minister of the Left”) | 19th Century

Zuijin, (also known as Zuishin), are Shinto protector deities modeled after two of the most powerful positions within the Japanese court during the Heian period (794–1185). They are dressed as captains of the imperial bodyguard, but in effect they were escorts when noblemen would travel. Unofficially, however they were more powerful than those who outranked them. The Minister of the Left (Sa-daijin) is frequently clothed in red with the face of a younger man with his mouth closed. The Minister of the Right (U-daijin) is clothed in black with the face of an old man with long grey eyebrows and beard with his mouth open. Both typically flanked the entrances to a place of worship.

Condition: Overall very good as would be consistent with age; no fraying or loss of the silk material on the garments, no apparent fading of the garments and fully outfitted as originally made. Both as originally fabricated sitting on top of an imitated animal skin rug. Their swords, bow and arrows are intact with exceptional detailing. Some wear to the feathers on the arrows.  Faces and hands made of gofun, (pulverized oyster & clam shell coating on the surface from the Muromachi period). Both are in perfect condition. Dimensions, (each doll):   10-0”h x 7-0”w x 7-0”d.

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