Do you think the artist who carved these beasties had ever actually seen one? I guess it doesn’t matter, as long as the guy who paid the bill hadn’t either.
These elephants are carved on one of the main buildings at the Tōshōgū Shrine in Nikko, built by the first shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa.
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2 thoughts on “Furry Elephants. With Claws.”
Catephants! Or Elecats.
Or possibly Tigerphants! There are some screens in Kyoto painted by a famous artist who had never seen a tiger, and they are equally charming, because of being Slightly Off.