Posted by Alec W. (184.108.40.206) on February 17, 2020 at 23:32:57:
In Reply to: ID the artist/ print posted by susan fentress on February 17, 2020 at 22:33:46:
The figures are called "Niō".
Wikipedia: "Niō (仁王) or Kongōrikishi (金剛力士) are two wrathful and muscular guardians of the Buddha standing today at the entrance of many Buddhist temples in East Asian Buddhism in the form of frightening wrestler-like statues.
The text below is 上総芝山 観音教寺. If I understand correctly, that is "Kazusa Shibayama Kannon Kyōji", or "Kannon Kyōji temple in the city of Shibayama, in the former province of Kazusa".
I think the item is a charm or amulet against fire and thieves.
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