|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
| A decoration in the shape of a lion's head *shigami
獅噛, found on the knees of an armored sculpted figure. The hizakui is attached
to the top of the shin-armor *suneate
脛当. In Buddhist statuary, many guardian figures, tenbu 天部 (*ten
天）, are portrayed in armor, and the lion's head represents strength and courage.
It is thought to have originated in ancient Greek and Roman imagery.
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