Antique pair of small Inari Shinto shrine foxes carved of wood. Originally painted, these foxes have acquired a deep, dark over many years. Also called Zenko, these good spirit Kitsune (foxes) are specifically associated with the Goddess, Inari.
Believed to be both messengers and guardians, Kitsune serve Inari in her role as the Goddess of agriculture, specifically rice. Part of the folklore surrounding the fox is it’s ability to shape shift into a human form. It is believed that Inari Okami herself sometimes took the form of a Kitsune.
Age: Edo Period (1603-1867)
Dimensions: 6 1/2″ high x 5 1/2″ long x 2 1/2″ wide