Burnt Inari Kitsune (Fox) Kami

A fire-damaged clay Inari Kitsune icon.

The Kitsune, holding a scroll in its mouth, is likely from a home shinto shrine (Kamidana). Usually found in male and female pairs guarding Inari shrines, followers of the Shinto religion will make offerings of food and sake to these Kitsune to invite success and prosperity.

Likely from the Edo-Meji period / late 19th early 20th century. When or how it was damaged it impossible to say but could've easily been victim from fires created by earthquake or even allied bombers during the second world war. However, the fire damage only adds to the mystical aesthetic of this unique piece.

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Fat Ken’s Antiques, Hackney, London, UK