A pair of lion-dogs (one with a closed mouth and one with an open mouth) would guard the doors of a Shinto shrine.

This lion-dog is likely one of a pair of those typically used to guard the doors of a Shinto shrine. One would have a closed mouth (like this one), while the other’s would be open.

Unknown
Fred & Isabel Pollard Collection
17th Century
JAPAN
AGGV 67.141
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