A rare piece with an unusually soft expression
A rare piece with an unusually soft expression based on the Karasu Tengu. The head is decorated with a lotus flower design, a Buddhist symbol. The lotus flower, which grows in muddy water (sorrow and suffering) and blooms into a beautiful large flower, is symbol of luck, and stands for the creation of success.
Onigawara as interior pieces
It is made in a size perfect for interior decoration and fits into a walnut base, making it a great choice for interior spaces with diverse designs. It will watch over the growth and developments you family undergoes.
■Brand: Onigawara Iemori
■Produced in: Aichi Prefecture
■Materials: Tile, walnut
■Box size: W23cm×D24.5cm×H8.5㎝
■Technique: Sanshu Onigawara
■Lead time: Approximately one week (plus an additional one to two weeks if inventory runs out)
*Please do not touch the Onigawara with your bare hands when removing it from the box.
*It can be hung on a wall or used as a stationary decoration.
In addition to hanging it on your wall with screws, you can affix it to gypsum board walls with no backing using the metallic pieces included.
What is Onigawara Iemori?
Onigawara have been placed on the roofs of shrines, temples, and other Japanese buildings to act as guardian deities to protect homes and families from evil spirits and demons since ancient times. Due to changes in the way we live our lives, Onigawara have been used less and less on the roofs of houses. “Onigawara Iemori" was created to provide novel Onigawara as interior decorations.
What is an Onishi?
Onigawara are different from ordinary tiles in that they are designed to ward off evil spirits and protect the family that lives within their home. Onigawara tiles are painstakingly made by craftsmen known as Onishi. Onigawara leave impressions similar to those of their creators; it is said that the personality of the Onishi resides within the face of their creations. Onishi utilize clay and a variety of spatulas to create infinite shapes, like demon gods who create demons. The techniques known by the Onishi make them the only profession in the world that can produce Onigawara, making it a highly sought after title.
Onishi: In pursuit of originality Yoshinori Kato
After graduating university, he worked for a ceramic machinery manufacturer for three years, where he learned the basics of the ceramic industry. He then joined the family business, Maruichi Co., Ltd. He has worked in Onigawara production and adding metal brands to tile products. His work has been used in famous temples and shrines such as the Chion-in Temple in Kyoto.
In pursuit of unique demon visages
Onigawara has a 1,400 year long history, and continues to pursue a worldview, never compromising its style in the creation of unique demon faces. Demons do not have to be demon-like. Nor do Onigawara need to be based on demons. Yoshinori Kato brings original, unique ideas to the craft. It is his dream to expand the possibilities of Onigawara, and bring its culture of tiles to the world.
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