A fine piece with a powerful expression and lustrous smoked tile
Regardless of size, an Onigawara is an Onigawara. This piece was created with great care to faithfully replicate to powerful presence of those in temples. This fine piece from Kenji Kajikawa has both a powerful demonic expression and the lustrous shine of smoked tile.
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: Creating guardian deities Kenji Kajikawa
After graduating from the Nagoya College of Art and Design, Faculty of Sculpture, he joined the family business, Onihyaku. Influenced by his father and uncle, he worked hard at making Onigawara to hone his skills. He has produced a wide range of works, doing everything from Onigawara and decorative tiles for temples to chopstick holders.
A strong desire to create guardian deities
I hope to create Onigawara as guardian deities that bring happiness and success to people’s families. I work to pour this hope into each and every piece I make. I carefully fire my work to properly express silver coloration (smoked tiles). I use reliable techniques recognized by numerous awards and my strong desire to create guardian deities to bring my pieces to life.
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