Inspired by ancient sacred animal from Japanese History, the “Japanese Lion” or the “Shisa”, Lotus Arts de Vivre artists have designed a sculpture from free form Burl wood. They have accented the design with Sterling Silver head, face, tail and paws. Decorated with with Tiger's eyes. The piece can be used as a sculpture décor, as well as a low coffee table.
Rolf von Bueren, an avid burl wood collector for over 35 years, personally travels to Japan to look for rare and beautiful pieces of burl woods including this majestic piece. Burls result in a uniquely patterned wood, which is highly prized for its beauty. It is valued and sought after by artists, furniture makers and sculptors.
Shisa (シーサー, Shīsā, Okinawan: shiisaa) is a traditional Ryukyuan cultural artifact and decoration derived from Chinese guardian lions, often seen in similar pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawan mythology. Shisa are wards, believed to protect from some evils. Often put in doorways, either side of an entrance, the Shisa are always in pairs.
It took six craftsmen and designers over 2.5 months to complete this piece.
Size: 37(W) x 55(L) x 20.5(H) cm.
Weight: 8.5 kg.