A three faced demon fierce enough to drive off disaster
This is a rare work based on the three faced demon; it is meant to protect your family from all disasters. The demon to the right is emblazoned with the sun to represent "Yang" and the left demon is emblazoned with the moon to represent "Yin". The forehead is decorated with peonies, which are considered to be the most dignified of flowers.
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: Passing tradition down to the future Sho Hagiwara
He studied under the Western-style painters Nabesaburo Kito and Susumu Fukuyama at the YAG Dessin Institute. He then took up his family's Onigawara business. Using traditional Japanese designs, he has restored cultural properties such as Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, and Zenkoji Temple, as well as tiled monuments.
To preserve traditional Onigawara techniques
His specialty is "Ittobori," a technique which uses one knife to form a rough sketch on the clay and then completing the work a single carving session instead of going through multiple detailed carvings. By finishing in a single session, the technique creates a powerful image that give the work soul. He says that his goal is to create original non-Onigawara works that make use of traditional Onigawara techniques, and bring these techniques and performances to the world.
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