Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto Shrine located on the foothills of a mountain in Kyoto, is dedicated to the Inari spirit protecting agricultural production. Access to a Shinto temple is often marked by statues of animals (Komainu) which may look like a lion or fox and are generally decorated with a ceremonial red bib and may have an object in their mouth, like a rolled message (sutra) or a key.


Do you know what this fox is holding? Please comment below.

Sculpture Saturday is a challenge hosted by Susan Kelly at No Fixed Plans.