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Maeda clan's warrior

Swordstore now offers Japanese art in both antique and high quality limited reproductions. We also have the ability to produce any size (within ratio) reprint that you desire whether your intention is to place in a frame, use as a banner or decorate an entire wall space – we can do it! About this scroll: This scroll was commissioned for a 1st son’s (Inuchiyo) first battle. It is unlikely that he would’ve been allowed anywhere near a battle but the number of heads taken is meant to exaggerate his prowess and as of yet untested courage. Original with kantei (documentation) available.

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Kongo Rikishi / Niou: (Sold as pair only)

"A":330(H)×180(W)×95(D) 2kg

"Un":330(H)×175(W)×125(D) 2kg

Kongo Rikishi are usually depicted in pairs guarding the temple gates.

statue Niou

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Kongo Rikishi / Niou: (Sold as pair only)

"A":28"(H)×13.75"(W)×8" (D) Estimate at base

"Un":28"(H)×13.5"(W)×8"(D) Estimate at base

Kongo Rikishi are usually depicted in pairs guarding the temple gates.  The veins and bulging muscles show anger. Legend has it that this spirit would return to earth from the cosmos and divide into two entities. Modeled on a Japanese national treasure, you can see the explosive power of these statuettes. Encrypted within the hidden secrets of martial arts was the concept of proper breathing. The statue with his mouth open is releasing his breath and is called "A"). The mate is closing his mouth and has expelled his breath. This is called "Un". Notice the pains taken by the artist to demonstrate the elegant symetry even within the way the clothing is draped and the martial stances (kamae) taken.

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