“Shishi and Komainu: Mythical Beasts from Far Away”

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poster for “Shishi and Komainu: Mythical Beasts from Far Away”
[Image: Shishi and Komainu, 9th century, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Promised Gift of Lynda and Steward Resnick]

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Visitors to shrines in Japan are welcomed by statues of lion-like mythical beasts— the horned komainu and the hornless shishi. Lions are not native to Japan, so how did they come to guard its gods? Introducing some of the most famous shishi and komainu, this exhibition explores how they and other and other horned and mythical creatures with origins in ancient Egypt, western and central Asia, and China came to Japan and developed their own unique traits here.

[Related Event]
Eva Legêne Baroque Chamber Music Concert
Date: Sep. 9 (Tues) 18:30
Admission: ¥8500
Please inquire with Miho Museum PR for details.

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from September 02, 2014 at 10:00 to December 14, 2014 at 17:00

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