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Jewel made entirely by hand by the Italian craftsman Gianmarco Fontana. 
This ring made of 925 silver depicting the Komainu is part of the "Japanized" collection.

Their name "Komainu" is Japanese and literally means "Korean Dogs" (狛 Koma = Korea - 犬 Inu = Dog), due to their arrival in Japan from Korea during the Heian period.
The name, however, is misleading, given their real origin is Chinese or even the Middle East.
komainu close up yasukuni 2
The main function of these guardians is to repel the evil one.
In the style of Buddhist temples, generally one Komainu has an open mouth (Agyo) and the other closed (Ungyo), while the rest are identical.
Another peculiarity, not always present in these statues, is the presence of a small globe under the paw of a Guardian and a puppy next to each other.
inari temple fox
The Guardians are usually built in stone, but they can also be in Ceramic, Marble, Bronze, while wooden Komainu are placed inside the temples, rather than near the entrance portals.