The limited edition Shi-shi lion set in gold and silver! Each year, the craftsman Mr. Miyawaki sells me only one of these special version dolls!
Hand crafted by Mr. Miyawaki who lives in Beppu in Oita prefecture (known for its hot spring village in Kyushu Japan) the "Shishi" guardian lions are believed to protect people from evil spirits.
The shishi dolls comes in as a pair.
Each doll is hand painted and have unique characteristics.
- Approximate measurements: 1 1/2" L x 1" W x 1 3/4" H (each)
- Material: clay, paint
- Care instruction: to clean, gently wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
- Do not hand wash or get wet.
Mr. Miyawaki lives in Beppu in Oita prefecture, which is known for its hot spring village in Kyushu Japan.
He started his training to become a craftsman when he was in 20s and continued his works for more than 30 years. Mr. Miyawaki says "My master told me I cannot be a real craftsman because I didn’t want to make exactly the same detailed dolls. I still believe having the uniqueness of each doll is more fun and gives more life to the dolls." His works are priced reasonably compared to other folk crafts. He says "I hand built the kiln and I get free wood from my neighbors. I didn’t pay much to make my dolls. I don’t need to make extra money than I need for my everyday life. I think it’s more fun that way!"