An antique pair of architectural corbels of mythological elephant baku’s are commonly placed under the eaves of Japanese Buddhist temple and Shinto Shrines to ward off evil spirits. The baku devour dreams and nightmares and protector against evil. The baku cannot be summoned without caution, however as ancient legions say that if the baku is not satisfied after consuming the nightmares, he may devour ones hopes and dreams. The open mouth is to scare off demons and the closed mouth baku shelters and keeps in the good spirits. The pair of Japanese baku corbels made of keyaki wood.
Date: Meiji Period 19th Century
Dimensions: 14.5″ deep X 11″ tall X 6″ wide