Amazing woodblock print "Komajishi 2" (Foo Dog 2) is by Hajime Namiki. Very striking print. Komajishi (Chinese guardian lions or Imperial guardian lion, often called "Foo Dogs" in the West) Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. They are also used in other artistic contexts, for example on door-knockers, and in pottery. Pairs of guardian lion statues are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local China towns. The lions are usually depicted in pairs. When used as statuary the pair would consist of a male leaning his paw upon an embroidered ball (in imperial contexts, representing supremacy over the world) and a female restraining a playful cub that is on its back representing nurture.
Paper size: 16 and 3/8 inches by 10 inches (41.5 x 25 cm)
Image size: 13 and 3/8 inches by 7 inches (34 x 18 cm)
Sheet number: 21/300
Signed: Artist signed "Hajime Namiki" by pencil on the bottom margin.
Condition: Pristine condition.
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