Lion Statue by KOKUBO Ryoun

Lion Hagi

"Hagi-Yaki" were proprietary potteries of Mouri family(Japanese feudal lord) only for tea ceremonies (chanoyu/sado/chado) in Edo period (1603-1868).

However, sometimes sculpture ornaments and/or statures were made and some of them became gifts for servants or other feudal lords.

Lion meant a talisman to protect people from evil.
The lion statue at the picture was made by KOKUBO Ryoun in 21C (not an antique).