Artist: Utagawa Kunimasu
Title: Shishi Lion and Peonies
Date: Ca. 1830-48.
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Legend states that Shishi (mythical animal which resembles lion and guards Buddhist temples) test the vitality of their cubs by throwing them from the cliff. Shishi is often associated with peony flowers such as in the kabuki play, "Shakkyo".