Koma-inu (Guardian Dog)


Koma-inu (Guardian Dog)

Sculpture / Nara

Kamakura period, 13th century

Wood with pigments

H 66.2



As a classical style of Koma-inu, the statue was crouched down and turned his face front. The face was expressed vigorously as if he roars and exposes his teeth. The muscle underneath the skin and the framework were carved distinctly, the realistic expression suggests that this statue was produced in the beginning of the Kamakura period.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.138, no.153.

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