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Japanese Gardian Komainu by SheltieWolf Japanese Gardian Komainu by SheltieWolf
Japanese gardian dog Komainu [狛犬] of Yasaka Jinja [八坂神社] (Jinja = Japanese Shinto Shrine). Yasaka Jinja is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto [京都]. There are some couples of Komainu. He is sitting at the left side of a big main gate, and watching with shaped eyes to Gion [祇園] area of Kyoto from above. :)

Komainu statues at the gate of Japanese shrine Jinja are the same as guardian lions at the gate of palaces and castles in Europe and China. When you visit a Shinto shrine in Japan, you can always look Japanese gardian dog Komainu in Jinja (except very small Jinja and very old Jinja). However I'm sure this Komainu is the most handsome and masculine guardian among Komainus which I've ever looked. :D

He was made of bronze at the Taisho era (about 90 years ago). (Almost Komainu statues were made of stone. So bronze statue of Komainu is comparatively rare.) He has a horn on his forehead, a proud penetration in his eyes, powerful muscles on his build, and nobility in his pose. :)

Yasaka Jinja is standing on the hill at the edge of the old capital area in Kyoto. Therefore his figure looks like that he has strongly kept an eyes on Kyoto from there for a long time. :)
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Amazing!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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jade-costumes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Hm I thought Female Komainu had horns and male didnt not??
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually there is no strict law about their genders. There are all cases [male-male], [male-female], [female-female]. And sometimes, we can't see their gender. ^^;
But komainus at the main gate of Yasaka Jinja are surely males, because they have an absolutely big... "a symbol of a male". ;p
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jade-costumes Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
ooh haha I see XD
:D I hope to study in japan in 2016 so maybe I will get to see the guardians myself! ^w^
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you will enjoy a Japanese real life in 2016. Good luck for your study. :D
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jade-costumes Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you! I hope so too!
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Amazing :love:
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Shing94 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... This looks cool. O.o
I agree with the handsome and masculine aspect of this one. Although compared to other statues of the same function in other countries instead of the same type. ^^;
And is this actually bronze? It does look more like iron to me...
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